COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) today applauded the official start of the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which becomes effective today. This marks the beginning of a historic new chapter for North American trade.
"This agreement promotes job growth here at home, creates a fair playing field for Ohio’s workers and innovators and leads the way to a stronger economic future for all Americans," said Senator Rulli. "I applaud the President and his administration for their work to make this agreement a reality, ensuring more goods and materials are manufactured here in the U.S."
USMCA replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), providing the first major overhaul of these policies in more than two decades. USMCA creates a more level playing field for American workers, removes barriers for small businesses, and encourages more goods and materials to be manufactured in the United States. For example, USMCA requires that 75 percent of auto content be made in North America. This encourages both greater investment in U.S. manufacturing, and regional economic growth. USMCA also requires that at least 40-45 percent of auto content be made by workers earning at least $16 per hour. This helps workers in both countries, by raising wages and improving labor conditions in Mexico while removing the wage-based incentive to outsource American jobs.
Additionally, USMCA will strengthen the food and agriculture trade between the three countries. Ohio’s agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico are currently valued at $3.6 billion annually and support more than 29,200 Ohio jobs. USMCA will increase this even further by breaking down non-tariff barriers and opening significant new markets for Ohio agricultural products. The agreement also contains important new protections for U.S. intellectual property.