NAFTA

Trade with Mexico and Canada supports 11 million American jobs. Modernizing and strengthening NAFTA provides a unique opportunity to build on this success and to expand U.S. economic growth and job creation under NAFTA.

It is critical to recognize and expand the many benefits NAFTA has created – and continues to create – for American businesses, workers and consumers. Growing the U.S. economy and creating American jobs is dependent on expanding trade opportunities with other countries, including our biggest trade partners – Canada and Mexico. Withdrawing from or weakening NAFTA would hurt the American economy, jeopardizing millions of American jobs, and undercut U.S. global competitiveness. Negotiations should focus on modernizing and strengthening a trilateral NAFTA, not throwing it out or adding trade restrictions that weaken it.

Benefits of NAFTA

NAFTA supports jobs in all 50 states. Here are the jobs supported by U.S. exports and imports with Canada and Mexico in 2016.

The Impacts of Terminating NAFTA

Trade supports 36 million jobs nationwide. Trade with our NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, supports 11 million jobs. But withdrawing from NAFTA will cost nearly 2 million jobs and reduce U.S. exports by almost $20 billion.

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America’s Business Leaders: Modernize NAFTA

CEOs urge policymakers to maintain, strengthen, and modernize NAFTA to create more growth and ensure free and fair trade that strengthens our economy.

Andrew Liveris, Chairman & CEO, Dow

"We care about all the trade agreements that the United States has. We don’t believe we have enough of them. One in five jobs at DOW and DOW DuPont is supported by a trade agenda."

Rich Lesser, President & CEO, BCG

"When America helps shape trade agreements, you get better agreements for the U.S., but you also get to better agreements for everyone else."

Mark Costa, Chairman & CEO, Eastman

"The top priority for policymakers should be maintaining and strengthening NAFTA so American business, workers and consumers can continue to reap the benefits of trade with our two largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico."

Lisa Davis, Chair & CEO, Siemens Corporation

“It's important that we modernize NAFTA by preserving the good parts and bringing it into the 21st century.”

Evan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO, Chubb

“NAFTA is good for our country. Economically it creates jobs. It improves our competitive profile, and it lowers the cost to consumers. I could think of no better strategy to improve our competitive profile in the world today where more countries are competing against us than to have NAFTA.”

Tom Linebarger, Chairman & CEO, Cummins Inc.

"American workers, and especially those at Cummins, are already benefiting from global trade."

David Abney, Chairman & CEO, UPS

"We have the opportunity here to create a framework of rules that makes trade cheaper, safer and faster, which is definitely good for American businesses and American consumers."