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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the signing of the trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada:
“AF&PA welcomes the signing of the trilateral trade agreement as a step in the right direction toward strengthening access for our industry’s products in the North American market. We are one the largest manufacturing sectors in the U.S. with exports to Canada and Mexico of $9.6 billion (45 percent of global exports), supporting 52,000 direct and many more indirect American jobs. We look forward to working with Congress to ensure the agreement preserves and improves the market access and investor protections such as investor state dispute settlement procedures that have long benefitted our industry and its workers.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.