(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) welcomed the Trump Administration’s recently released objectives for modernizing NAFTA.
“The Administration's key negotiating objectives include the essential elements to maintain and expand tariff-free trade and set fair rules that level the playing field for U.S. consumer product manufacturers,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA’s president and CEO. “It is essential that the millions of men and women who work to produce the quality products enjoyed by consumers here at home and around the world be at the forefront of the negotiations to strengthen and improve this landmark trade agreement.”
The U.S. processed food and beverage exports to the world totaled almost $40 billion in 2016, roughly a third of all U.S. agricultural exports. Of those processed product exports, approximately $17.6 billion (just under half) were destined for Canada and Mexico (our top two export markets).
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.