Florida Chamber cheers new North American trade deal
President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House to sign a new North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Washington. The President is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and others. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

USMCA signing AP Photo
USMCA is a win for Florida, Chamber says.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce says the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump will be a boon for Florida businesses.

Shortly after Trump’s pen hit paper, the pro-business group sent an email blast praising Trump and saying “Florida wins” under the new trade deal.

“With more than 2.5 million high-wage Florida jobs depending on international trade, the Florida Chamber of Commerce thanks President Trump for signing the USMCA trade agreement. USMCA will benefit Florida’s agriculture industry, manufacturers and local businesses, and will help grow Florida’s $57 billion exports of goods and $43 billion in exports of services,” said Bob Grammig, who chairs the Florida Chamber’s International Trade Division.

“The Florida Chamber’s International Trade Division will continue fighting to strengthen Florida’s position as a global trade leader and will continue working to ensure Florida’s exports in goods double and exports in services triple by 2030,” the Holland & Knight partner concluded.

The exuberance is expected: the Florida Chamber has publicly backed USMCA before Congress, on editorial pages and in letters to lawmakers.

The advocacy organization said Wednesday that the new deal would move Florida’s economy along the path to becoming the 10th largest in the world, up from its current No. 17 ranking.

That has been a stated goal of the Chamber since it outlined its vision for the state over the next decade, informed by its Florida 2030 research project. Per the data, Florida’s population is expected to hit 26 million over the next 10 years, necessitating a bigger economy to ensure Floridians’ well-being.

Achieving the goal would require exports to more than double. The 2030 goal: $114 billion in exported goods and $130 billion in exported services.

The new trade compact between North American nations is a substantial step in making that a reality, as Canada and Mexico are among the top six countries welcoming Florida exports. Combined, the top six countries are the final destination for 31% of Florida’s exported goods.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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