US private sector asks Harris to pressure Mexico for breaching the USMCA

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In a letter addressed to the US vice president, the Trade Compliance Alliance expressed concern that AMLO continues to view the USMCA ​​commitments as contrary to his political agenda.

The Alliance for Trade Compliance in the United States (AFTE), made up of 12 private sector associations, asked the vice president, Kamala Harris, to pressure the government of Mexico to comply with the commitments signed under the new regional trade agreement (USMCA).

In a letter and prior to the meeting of the High-Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN) that the United States and Mexico will have in Washington this Thursday, the coalition expressed its concern that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to frame the commitments under the USMCA as contrary to its political agenda, especially in areas such as biotechnology, energy, and others.

“We are concerned that President López Obrador continues to frame the commitments of the USMCA as contrary to his political agenda,” said AFTE in the letter addressed to Harris.

“His administration seems determined to ignore many of Mexico’s USMCA commitments, which would further restrict access for US exporters and companies that do business with Mexico,” added the alliance, who also said that the laws that they have been adopted to fulfill the commitments of the USMCA “they remain in limbo”.

Among the organizations that produced the letter are the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PHRMA), the National Manufacturing Association (NAM), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API).

At the DEAN meeting to be held in the US capital this Thursday, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard and the Minister of Economy, Tatiana Clouthier, will be present, so the AFTE asked to pressure them to solve their concerns and other situations that They had already detailed in a previous letter in March, where it detailed that the Mexican government failed to comply with at least 12 chapters of the USMCA.

“We encourage her to use all available tools, including actions when necessary, to ensure the implementation and full compliance of Mexico,” the alliance said in the letter.

Last March, AFTE had already sent a letter detailing the Mexican government’s failure to comply with at least 12 chapters of the T-MEC, including threats from López Obrador against regulatory bodies in sectors such as telecommunications and discriminatory treatment in the energy sector. .

Now, the AFTE recalled that there are alleged failures of Mexico to improve its internal laws related to intellectual property, which affect the biotechnology sector, new laws on the labeling of processed foods in Mexico and the lack of permits in the electricity sector.

Source: forbes.com.mx

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