Amarillo Chamber of Commerce signs joint letter supporting NAFTA

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce joined hundreds of other business groups nationwide in supporting the North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump — with signatures from the Amarillo chamber and more than 300 other groups — asking for NAFTA to be “modernized” with the U.S. staying a part of the deal.

NAFTA has “created American jobs, boosted economic growth, and strengthened local economies,” the letter said, “but we know we can do even more to seize the benefits of trade with our North American neighbors.”

The deal has been especially good to farmers and ranchers, the letter said, noting that the agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled since the agreement.

President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, which was negotiated in 1993 to eliminate trade barriers among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. While campaigning for office, Trump criticized the agreement as “the worst trade deal” signed by the U.S. and blamed it for lost manufacturing jobs.

On Wednesday, Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for talks about trade.

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