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CANASA, SIA, ALAS form coalition urging Congress to approve USMCA


September 18, 2019
By SP&T Staff
SP&T Staff

According to a statement posted on the Canadian Security Association’s website, CANASA has joined with SIA (the Security Industry Association) and ALAS (the Latin American Security Association/Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad) in a coalition to urge the U.S. Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“The USMCA will benefit the North American security industry and open new opportunities for existing and emerging markets,” states CANASA.

In a letter to Congress dated Sept. 9, CANASA says the coalition “highlighted the growth and change in the security industry and the renegotiated policy’s updates to reflect the current state of the market.”

“The Canadian government has supported officially the USMCA as a positive trade agreement between our three countries for some time,” said Patrick Straw, executive director, CANASA, in a statement.

“The security industry in North America is undergoing substantial growth, a robust workforce and a strong international business climate and is poised to meet the high demand for security in our countries,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson, in a separate statement posted on the SIA website. “USMCA reflects the 21st-century economy and updates several outdated trade policies that will benefit the industry and level the playing field globally.”

“Mexico was first to ratify USMCA,” added Alberto Alvarez, CEO of ALAS. “This new agreement will strengthen commercial relations and boost business between the three countries.”