Surrey Board of Trade Says New Trade Deal Signals Needed Focus on Other International Markets for Canada

–        a renewed trade agreement reached, in principle, between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased that Canada, Mexico, and United States have reached a tentative deal. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in principle is a step forward, but as with any trade agreement of this breadth and scope, the Surrey Board of Trade (and their Advocacy Teams) will review its impacts to Surrey’s manufacturing, agriculture and other industry sectors.

“Surrey has the greatest number of manufacturers in BC, and one-third of Surrey’s land base is agriculture. We need to review the details of the USMCA agreement. As a border city, we will want to ensure that Surrey businesses are not compromised in this deal,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

“We must also continue to diversify our global markets to protect businesses from uncertainty and reduce our reliance on one market.”

We congratulate Minister Freeland and Canada’s negotiating team for delivering an agreement that remains trilateral, which we hope will continue to deliver prosperity for Canadian businesses.

The Surrey Board of Trade has over 6,000 business contacts represented by over 2,600 business members, who rely on the Surrey Board of Trade to instigate change at different levels of government to benefit business.