The North American Free Trade Agreement has had a positive impact on the growth of our region; Mexico is San Diego’s and California’s number one export market, with $5.5 billion in goods exported to Mexico last year. As negotiations take place, the Chamber advocates for a modernized trade agreement that continues to ensure fair trade and addresses digital commerce, visa programs that facilitate cross-border flow of the business community, border infrastructure, and environmental concerns.
We urge a quick and efficient process, and one that does not hinder ongoing trade and investment among the three NAFTA members, who must be kept united in the same end-goal of a successful renegotiation. The Chamber’s advocacy efforts in support of NAFTA include:
- Leading a binational delegation of 163 business and community leaders to Washington D.C. to meet with Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Department of State, Mexican Ambassador, and Congressmen.
- Participating in a press conference with regional Mayors and other elected officials and consulates from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, urging federal leaders in Washington to support a renewed commitment to trade.
- Implementing a grassroots campaign encouraging the business community to voice their support for NAFTA.
- Joining 300+ U.S. Chambers submitting a letter to President Trump encouraging him to retain NAFTA.
- Several speaking engagements including a testimony in support of NAFTA at the Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness of the Senate Finance Committee.