USMCA trade pact will reap ‘significant economic benefits,’ says Baker Institute expert


Jeff Falk

 USMCA trade pact will reap ‘significant economic benefits,’ says Baker Institute expert

HOUSTON – (Jan. 15, 2020) – The Senate is expected to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this week, and the deal stands to benefit all three countries, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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David A. Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at the Baker Institute, is available to discuss this development and its implications.

“The long road to replacement of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) with the USMCA, signed by the three governments Nov. 30, 2018, is finally nearing an end, to the benefit of enterprises and workers in all three countries,” he said. “The USMCA modernizes the 26-year-old NAFTA in such areas as e-commerce and digital trade, and adds important protections for labor rights and the environment.

“When the agreement goes into effect — probably on May 1 — the most significant immediate impact will be to eliminate the uncertainties regarding NAFTA’s future, uncertainties that have chilled investment and hiring throughout the region for the past three years,” Gantz added. “Texas has engaged in more trade with Mexico than any other state and thus can be expected to reap significant economic benefits as the USMCA strengthens North American business and workers who must compete in North America and the global market with their counterparts in Europe and Asia.”

One negative in the deal, Gantz said, is that new rules of origin will increase the cost of automotive production in North America and reduce investor protection.

The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media outlets that want to schedule an interview with Gantz. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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Jeff Falk is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.