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Border Trade Alliance applauds trilateral trade accord reached by U.S., Canada and Mexico

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2018) – After a round-the-clock weekend negotiating session, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have reached an agreement on a trilateral trade accord, an outcome met with applause from the Border Trade Alliance. “For nearly 25 years, the Border Trade Alliance has been a vocal proponent of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” BTA President Britton Clarke...

Border Trade Alliance and sister organization in Mexico gather for high-level discussion

BTA and BTA México bring together trade authorities, elected officials from both countries for important dialogue on trade and trade security, honor U.S. Rep. Cuellar for his leadership on border issues WASHINGTON (September 4, 2018) – The Border Trade Alliance and its sister organization, BTA México, gathered in Mexico City last Friday for their annual joint meeting on the most pressing...

Statement from Border Trade Alliance on U.S.-Mexico trade deal announcement

WASHINGTON (August 27, 2018) – Border Trade Alliance President Britton Clarke released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s announcement that an agreement had been reached with Mexico on trade: “The cross-border trade community is encouraged by this important step to formulate an updated trade agreement with Mexico. Credit is due the White House and the outgoing and...

Border Trade Alliance delivers testimony to Senate Finance subcommittee on importance of commerce at ports of entry

BTA Vice Chairman Sergio Contreras, president and CEO of Rio Grande Valley Partnership, makes case for land border ports’ importance to region, nation’s economy; joined by fellow board member Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, Texas, chair-elect of Texas Border Coalition   WASHINGTON (July 18, 2018) – Border Trade Alliance Vice Chairman Sergio Contreras today told a U.S. Senate...

Border Trade Alliance on Capitol Hill makes case for free and fair trade, economic competitiveness

BTA board members from across U.S. visit with lawmakers, argue against increased tariffs WASHINGTON (June 12, 2018) – Representatives of the Border Trade Alliance Board of Directors were on Capitol Hill Tuesday, urging lawmakers from both parties to support modernized trade agreements, despite an impasse in the three-nation negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. The...

Border Trade Alliance: If investigation of auto imports leads to tariffs, U.S. jobs and consumers will suffer

WASHINGTON (May 24) – Border Trade Alliance President Britton Clarke released the following statement today regarding the Trump administration’s plans to open a section 232 investigation of automotive imports: “The administration’s plan to begin an investigation of automotive imports on national security grounds is deeply disturbing. If this latest section 232 investigation is the...

Border Trade Alliance supports funding for needed upgrades at Calexico port of entry

The Border Trade Alliance shared the following letter with House and Senate appropriators regarding the organization's support for funding needed port of entry improvements in Calexico, California at the Calexico West Port of Entry. May 9, 2018 Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen Chairman U.S. House Committee on Appropriations H-305, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Hon. Nita Lowey Ranking...

Border Trade Alliance board members comment on potentially devastating impacts of exiting NAFTA

Border Trade Alliance Chair Paola Avila and board member Lance Jungmeyer were both quoted in this Tucson Weekly piece that examined the potential economic repercussions if NAFTA were to collapse. Ms. Avila summed it up succinctly: "Losing NAFTA would be...