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business & community advocacy

Taking on trade and tariffs
GRCA's advocacy is focused on creating a member-driven pro-jobs,
pro-prosperity political climate for the business community.
By Gail Landis, Senior Vice President, Government & Community Relations Advocacy

C

ongress will soon vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
(USMCA) - a decision that will have a significant impact on
the economic health of Pennsylvania manufacturers, small
businesses and farmers.

On a national scale, Canada and Mexico are by far the two largest
U.S. export markets. In 2018, trade with the two countries reached
nearly $1.4 trillion. Currently, trade with our North American
neighbors supports 12 million American jobs across the country.
In addition to farmers and manufacturers, USMCA is also a
big win for small businesses. Canada and Mexico are the top two
export destinations for U.S. small and medium-size businesses, more
than 120,000 of which sell their goods and services to our North
American neighbors.
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) joined the
USMCA Coalition representing the business and agriculture community along with associations from every sector of the economy to
advocate for Congress to pass and implement USMCA.

TRADE WORKS. TARIFFS DON'T.
One of the findings of a quarterly survey by the National
Association of Manufacturers, or NAM, identified that 56% of the
689 manufacturing companies questioned in the survey cited trade,
including tariffs on imports from Mexico and China, as one of their
greatest challenges.
GRCA Senior Vice President Gail Landis meets with
Canadian Consul General Phyllis Yaffe to discuss how the
trade relationship between Canada and the United States
is mutually beneficial for both economies and why it's
imperative that USMCA be enacted.

Concerns about tariffs contributed to a drop in optimism among
manufacturers, according to the NAM. Just under 80% said they
were positive about their companies' outlook, down from 89.5% in a
similar survey in March. The companies expect their export business
to slow; they forecast exports would grow 0.4% over the next 12
months, down from expectations of 0.9% in the previous survey.
The NAM's Manufacturing Outlook Index fell to 53.2 from
59.7. The NAM conducted the survey between May 22 and June 5;
during that time President Donald Trump threatened to introduce

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