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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today applauded President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon for their agreement to a clear path toward implementation of the U.S.-Mexico cross border trucking program.
“On behalf of GMA and its member companies I commend Presidents Obama and Calderon for their agreement today to resolve this important program,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “If fully implemented, this cross border trucking agreement will eliminate high tariffs, help expand trade between the U.S. and Mexico and will enhance the ability of our members operating on both sides of the border to export food, beverages and consumer packaged goods to Mexico. Through programs like the U.S.-Mexico trucking agreement the U.S. bolsters and diversifies its economy, creates new jobs for its citizens, and benefits consumers at home and in Mexico with lower prices and greater choices. We look forward to reviewing the details of the agreement, and urge full implementation of the program as soon as possible.”
Mexico is a top export market for many U.S. businesses and manufacturers, but especially so for the food, beverage and consumer products industry - it is the second largest export market for high-value food products.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.