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Helen Mann

Helen Mann is a freelance writer who works with supply chain and logistics professionals to help them communicate the impact of international trade on industry. After years of writing for audiences ranging from CEOs to purchasing agents, Helen knows how integral international trade is to economies on both sides of the border. Helen has written for TTX Company, the Intermodal Association of North America, and FTR Transportation Intelligence. She is a daily blogger at Freight Broker Live. In addition to her writing experience, she is certified in forecasting practice by the International Institute of Forecasters. Helen holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Here's What's New in the USMCA

Helen Mann | June 22, 2020 | Free Trade Agreements

On July 1, 2020, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, expired, and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) took its place. NAFTA had a good run. It went into effect in 1994 and created the world’s largest free trade zone between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The goal of NAFTA was to bolster trade by reducing or eliminating most trade barriers (primarily in the form of tariffs), which it did. Between 1993 and 2017, trade between the three countries rose from $290 billion to more than $1.3 trillion.

Now, the USMCA takes its place. The new agreement modernizes NAFTA and addresses topics that were less relevant in 1994, such as e-commerce and the flow of international data.

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