Border Trade Alliance provides testimony at Senate Finance Committee field hearing

Border Trade Alliance Chair Paola Avila in November 2017 provided testimony before a subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee a field hearing in San Antonio. The hearing focused on the modernization of NAFTA.

Here is a sampling of the media coverage the hearing and Ms. Avila’s testimony received:

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego Chamber vice president testifies on NAFTA

“NAFTA is not a nice to have, it’s a must have,” Avila said. “It is the essential trade agreement that has enhanced prosperity, not only in the United States, but throughout the continent.”

KSAT 12 (San Antonio ABC affiliate) video clip featuring Paola:

“Certainty is what the business community needs, absolutely,” said Paola Avila, chair of the Border Trade Alliance. “We don’t have that. No one knows what will happen.”

Texas Public Radio: Calls For NAFTA Withdrawal Loom Over San Antonio Hearing

“The benefits extend well past the border, said Paola Avila, head of the Border Trade Alliance. Avila said Michigan’s top two export markets are Canada and Mexico, and half of all exports from Rust Belt states go the same place.”

Brownsville Herald: Cornyn questions NAFTA negotiator, trade stakeholders

“The uncertainty that we’re experiencing right now during this renegotiation period has already had a negative impact with some businesses delaying investment or expansion in their businesses,” said Avila, who emphasized the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge as a vital trade port. “That uncertainty would carry over during that period.”

Spectrum News San Antonio (video clip featuring Paola): Sen. Cornyn holds NAFTA Field Committee Hearing

“Trade generally, NAFTA specifically, means jobs. For Texas more than 380,000 jobs that depend on Mexico alone,” said Paola Avila with the Border Trade Alliance.

San Antonio Business Journal: NAFTA debate brings Senate committee hearing to San Antonio

“We don’t barter and trade like we used to in the old days,” Avila said. “We produce things together.”

The Border Trade Alliance favors modernizing the deal in a way that would make its participants competitive in global markets.

“That’s the ultimate statement — we need to remain competitive and we need to decide who we’re going to remain competitive against,” Avila said. “We can’t just sell products to ourselves. The real risk is shutting ourselves off from other countries.”