South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Praises Passage Of USMCA
January 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2020
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce (SC Chamber) praised Congress for passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) today, sending it to President Trump for signature. More than 14,300 manufacturing jobs in South Carolina depend on manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico. Without tariff-free trade across North America backed by a strong trade agreement, SC’s manufactured goods exports to Canada and Mexico could face between $293 million and $1.1 billion in extra taxes – causing businesses to lose sales and potentially cut jobs.
“This is an important day for businesses across South Carolina,” said Ted Pitts, President and CEO of the SC Chamber. “Having a strong trade relationship with our closest neighbors, Canada and Mexico, is key for jobs and the economy. Both the President and Congress should be commended for their work on USMCA. This is an example showing that when the Administration and Congress put politics aside and work together, it benefits everyone.”
About the SC Chamber: The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is the State’s Champion for Business, with a vision to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work, and do business. A statewide organization that promotes pro-job and business policies at the state and federal level, it brings together businesses across the state with coordinated strategies, trainings, committees, and events. With a unified voice, we can make the biggest impact. Our member insights shape the policies we write, and the agenda we promote at the State House. Learn more at www.scchamber.net
Katie Titus, Director of Government Affairs/Media Relations Manager
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce