North American Electroindustry Recommends NAFTA Modernization

North American Electroindustry Recommends NAFTA Modernization

This piece was originally published in the January 2018 issue of electroindustry.

Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA

On November 13, NEMA joined its industry counterpart organizations in Canada and Mexico in issuing recommendations for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC), and NEMA urged their respective governments to update NAFTA in ways that increase market access, reduce business costs, and materially improve the global competitiveness of North American electroindustry companies and workers. The full recommendations are available on the NEMA website (

“The U.S., Canada, and Mexico have a great opportunity to upgrade NAFTA for the 21st-century economy,” said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff. “Our shared recommendations aim straight in that direction, and we will continue to work with the governments to reach consensus on our objectives.”

Negotiations to update NAFTA were launched at the urging of the U.S. in August 2017 and are currently scheduled to conclude by the end of March 2018, although they could continue beyond that date.

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