Statement by Jim Bair, President & CEO

“Locking in our two largest export markets is a sorely-needed win for apple growers across the U.S. The U.S. Apple Association commends President Trump for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).

“The USMCA is significant for the U.S. Apple Association and its members as Mexico and Canada represent our top two export markets, totaling nearly a half-billion dollars annually toward a positive balance of trade. Canada, Mexico and the United States combine to make up the most competitive and successful regional economic platform in the world. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the predecessor to USMCA, apple exports to Mexico quadrupled and those to Canada doubled. We look forward to strong, healthy trading partnerships with Mexico and Canada in the years to come.”