FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 27, 2020 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill will join President Donald J. Trump at The White House for the signing of the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday morning, January 29th at 11:00 AM.
The mutually beneficial trade agreement reached by the United States, Mexico, and Canada will create freer markets, fairer trade, and increased economic growth across North America.
As Secretary of State, John Merrill oversees the business filings process in Alabama. Recognizing the significant impact the USMCA would have on entrepreneurs in the State of Alabama, Merrill issued his support for the USMCA and urged its ratification from congressional leadership in 2019.
In his letter of support, Merrill stated, “In 2017, Alabama companies exported nearly $22 billion in goods, which supports 500,000 jobs in the state, and in 2015, over 4,000 companies exported goods from The Yellowhammer State – 80% of which were small and medium-sized enterprises.” Furthermore, “Alabama’s international engagement also fuels job growth and increases exports. Alabama businesses’ success depends on the participation and competitiveness with its global counterparts. In fact, Mexico, who recently ratified USMCA, is Alabama’s fourth-largest market, totaling $2.8 billion in exports in 2017.”
Alabama workers, farmers, ranchers, and business owners will benefit exponentially from expanded market access, advanced technology standards, increased transparency, and fairer quality requirements.
“Trade is vital to our state, and the USMCA will help to boost local economies and allow for Alabama-made products to be shipped internationally. I am grateful for the leadership demonstrated by President Trump and his Administration, as well as the Alabama congressional delegation,” continued Merrill.
Secretary Merrill looks forward to joining President Trump and other elected officials from across the country on this historic day.