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San Antonio Leaders Unite in Support of USMCA

San Antonio is a gateway city to free trade relations with Canada and Mexico, and community leaders intend to maintain that globally-competitive position. In 2016, San Antonio-area companies exported nearly $2 billion worth of merchandise to Mexico, second only to Canada, which bought $2.3 billion in Alamo City goods, according to the U.S. International Trade Administration.

In June, community leaders including Bexar County, IBC Bank and local Chambers of Commerce joined together to reinforce San Antonio’s position as a globally competitive region at a press event hosted by SAEDF. The partners vocalized their support of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) and called on the community to make their voice heard, advocating for the swift ratification of the USMCA.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has advocated for San Antonio’s trade development efforts, particularly in the years after the first North American Free Trade Agreement was signed into existence in San Antonio. Judge Wolff continues to energize local leaders to come together in support of the USMCA agreement, which would continue to support San Antonio’s large job base supported by the former free trade agreement.

“San Antonio has benefitted greatly from the passage of NAFTA and we are committed to fostering prosperous trade relationships under USMCA,” said Sarah Sanchez, SAEDF Executive Vice President of Global Development. “It’s critical that Congress ratify the USMCA for the benefit of our region’s 630,000 jobs and many businesses with cross-border operations.”

The City of San Antonio City Council also passed a resolution supporting the USMCA, sending yet another strong message to the region’s Congressional delegation that area leaders are in support of the agreement.

The San Antonio region will continue to advocate in order to think locally and act globally to grow its trade and export development relations. 

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