The FDA was an important member of the U.S. team that negotiated the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which came into effect on July 1 of this year. From the FDA`s perspective, the agreement adapts regulatory standards to public administration practices, improves the quality of products available to U.S. consumers and a level playing field for U.S. companies. The cheese agreement between the United States and Mexico. (PDF, 3 pages, 0.01 MB) The North American Labour Cooperation Agreement (NAALC) came into force in January 1994. It is one of two parallel agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. The agreement is managed by the Commission for Professional Cooperation, composed of a Council of Ministers and a trinational secretariat, based in Washington D.C.
Currently, four provinces (Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island) are signatories to NAALC through an intergovernmental agreement. In Canada, the Office for Inter-American Labour Cooperation acts as a Canadian NAO within the Labour Branch of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Canadian NAO also provides for the filing and receipt of public communications (complaints) on labour law issues that arise in the territory of another contracting party and serves as the official auditing body in Canada. On December 12, 2019, the Mexican Senate adopted the revised treaty by 107 votes to 1.  On April 3, 2020, Mexico announced its readiness to implement the agreement and joined Canada, although it requested that its auto industry have additional time to comply with the agreement.  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement is based on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which originally came into force on January 1, 1994. The agreement under consideration was the result of more than a year of negotiations including possible U.S. tariffs on Canada, in addition to the possibility of separate bilateral agreements.  Trade policy is a subject that does not necessarily come to mind when we think of the FDA. But in fact, there are two reasons why the FDA is closely following trade policy: protecting our rules and authorities and using trade agreements as a vehicle to promote public health. On December 10, 2019, the three countries reached a revised USMCA agreement.