After years of negotiations, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement took effect and replaced the 26-year-old NAFTA. Each year, Arizona exports billions of dollars’ worth of goods to Mexico and Canada. We learned more about how the deal impacts that relationship from Canadian Consul General of Los Angeles Zaib Shaikh.
According to Shaikh, Canada is Arizona’s No. 1 foreign direct investor with about 500 Canadian companies that employ 23,000 people. “And in Tucson alone, you’ve got something like 5,000 Arizonans who go to work every day for Canadian companies,” Shaikh said. He also said the deal affords U.S. dairy producers more access to the Canadian market.
“The idea of greater access to the Canadian market was something that was a key on the negotiating table between the two countries, and so it’s a win-win as we look at it,” Shaikh said.