Ratification of USMCA Will Benefit U.S. Egg Producers


Both chambers of the Parliament of Canada ratified the USMCA on Friday March 13th after similar action by the senate of Mexico in 2018 and the U.S. Congress in January 2019.


With respect to Canada that maintains a supply management system for eggs, the Nation agreed to allow 30 percent of shell egg import licenses to be granted to new entrants in that nation.  U.S. egg exporters will enjoy a 15 percent increase for tariff free access to a total of 10 million dozen eggs and egg products annually. This quantity will increase by one percent per year over a 10- year period. The U.S. will also be eligible to export 21.4 million dozen eggs and egg-equivalent equivalents products under WTO tariff rate quotas.


Mexico will provide duty-free access for shell eggs and egg products and will maintain the NOM-159 regulation that allows washed eggs from the U.S. to be marketed in shell form subject to refrigeration.


In 2019 our USMCA neighbors collectively imported shell eggs to the value of $44.7 million in addition to $26.1 million in egg products.