WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pet Food Institute (PFI) issued a statement May 20 urging trade officials to ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after commending trade officials for the removal of US Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico and Canada, as well as other retaliatory tariffs on US products.

“PFI is optimistic that these important steps will help lead to the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA),” said Dana Brooks, president and CEO of PFI.

“Under NAFTA, Canada and Mexico represent the first and third largest export markets for U.S. pet food makers. USMCA will be critical to the continued success of U.S. agriculture and manufacturing. We urge Congress to ratify the trade deal in light of the removal of the Section 232 and retaliatory tariffs,” Brooks concluded.

This statement follows another letter signed by 67 industry organizations urging US congressional leaders to ratify the USMCA.

Read more about the ongoing tensions surrounding the USMCA.