The Washington-based National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the Senate’s recent passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The trade deal includes several provisions including stronger rules of origin for certain textile inputs, fixes the Kissell Amendment Buy American loophole, and increased U.S. customs enforcement with Mexico and Canada — the two largest export markets for the U.S. textile and apparel industry, according to recent trade data.
“We are pleased the Senate voted swiftly to approve USMCA — a trade deal that we expect to significantly bolster textile exports to Mexico and the Western Hemisphere,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas.“USMCA is a win for the textile industry,” Glas continued. “The improvements it makes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will only serve to generate more business for domestic producers and create more jobs and investment in the U.S. Our member companies, making some of the most advanced textiles in the world, have long supported USMCA and are eagerly awaiting implementation of the trade deal,” Glas added. “We urge quick implementation of USMCA and thank the administration and Congress for their hard work to get the deal across the finish line.”