Boost U.S. economy with fewer barriers to trade

 Boost U.S. economy with fewer barriers to trade

The coronavirus pandemic, temporary closure of the Suez Canal and United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement might seem unrelated, but they have crystallized the importance of expanding the extensive U.S.-Mexico trade relationship built on economic and cultural ties.

The pandemic wreaked havoc on global supply chains. Overseas factories shuttered, sending shock waves worldwide. More than a year later, disruptions persist. Those issues were exacerbated when a massive cargo ship blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March, disrupting commerce.

On a positive note, USMCA was ratified by all three countries, updating the North American Free Trade Agreement. It went into effect July 1, opening a new era of improved cross-border commerce — and at just the right time.

The pandemic and the canal closure highlight the importance of our nation’s trade with our neighbors. Particularly for Texas, removing…

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