USMCA, Canada, & Mexico

USMCA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a comprehensive economic and trade agreement that modifies the free-trade area that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) originally established in 1994. The entry-into-force date for USMCA is July 1, 2020.

NAFTA progressively eliminated almost all tariff and quota barriers governing intraregional trade among the three member countries during a 14-year transition period (1994–2008). The agreement also facilitated cross-border investment, required that sanitary and phytosanitary standards for trade be scientifically based, and expanded cooperation on environmental and labor issues.

The USMCA includes new provisions for digital trade, the protection of intellectual property, de minimis shipment levels, and financial services, among other items. In agriculture, the USMCA adds provisions on biotechnology, geographical indicators, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. All agricultural products that had zero tariffs under NAFTA continue to have zero tariffs under USMCA, and the USMCA provides broader market opportunities for U.S. exports to Canada of dairy, poultry, and egg products.

Tables showing the USMCA countries’ share of U.S. agricultural trade for selected commodities and comparing trade-weighted ad valorem tariff rates for U.S. agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico under USMCA to Most-Favored Nation (MFN) and WTO-bound tariff rates are available on the Data page.

Recent ERS Publications Relating to USMCA

ERS conducts research on a variety of topics related to issues affecting U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico agricultural trade, specific sectors within Canadian and Mexican agriculture, opportunities for furthering the integration of the USMCA countries’ agricultural sectors, and cross-border transportation issues.

Relevant ERS Data Products

  • Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States (FATUS) provides U.S. agricultural exports and imports, volume and value, by country (including Canada and Mexico), by commodity, and by calendar year, fiscal year, and month.
  • The International Baseline Data contain USDA’s 10-year projections of supply, demand, and trade for major agricultural commodities for selected countries. These projections provide country-level detail—including for Canada and Mexico—in support of the annual USDA long-term agricultural projections.
  • The International Macroeconomic Data Set provides data from 1969 through 2020 for real (adjusted for inflation) gross domestic product (GDP), population, real exchange rates, and other variables for the 190 countries and 34 regions that are most important for U.S. agricultural trade.

Relevant USDA Data Products

  • Production, Supply, and Distribution (PS&D) contains official USDA data on production, supply, and distribution of agricultural commodities for the United States and major importing and exporting countries, including Canada and Mexico. The database provides projections for the coming year and historical data for more than 200 countries and major crop, livestock, fishery, and forest products.
  • The Global Agricultural Trade System, compiled by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, is a database containing detailed U.S. agricultural trade data.

Last updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

For more information, contact: Steven Zahniser