Consul General of Mexico meets with area business leaders to talk about USMCA

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — Trade has been a hot topic, especially for those industries hit hard.

Area business owners were able to talk to Consul General of Mexico Julian Adem on Tuesday. Adem made it very clear he wants to continue working with the U.S. without the high tariffs that President Trump originally wanted to impose.

Adem says The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, also known as NAFTA.

“In terms of logistics, it’s so much easier for us to import from United States. So even if we have trade arguments with other countries, it, all summed up, will never be above 20%, said Adem.

An agreement is vital for Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector.

“We are net exporter from the United States from Mexico and we are looking to improve trade relations with
Mexico to import and export with the new trade agreement,” said Betsy Guzior with Greenheck.

“Many of those workers are Mexican immigrants and if we move forward with trade, then dairy farms can be strengthened. Then, maybe in the future, there can be an opportunity to get a visa for dairy workers,” he said.

He is also hoping the agreement will allow Wisconsin dairy farmers to travel to Mexico to teach them how to advance their dairy industry.

Adem said his biggest concern is the vote for USMCA will turn political and won’t be in effect until 2021.

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