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How the USMCA will affect our region remains to be seen

National flags representing Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. are lit by stage lights in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Marco Ugarte

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Now that we know there’s an agreement on a new North American trade deal, it remains to be seen how all this will shake out for our region. The Surrey Board of Trade is still trying to dig through the details.

“It’s a very complex deal,” says CEO Anita Huberman.

“It signals that we need to focus on other international markets for Canada,” she adds.

She thinks things are still “up in the air and uncertain.”

“We don’t only want this to be a win for U.S. companies. We want this to be a win for all — U.S., Mexican, and Canadian companies.”

Huberman says Surrey is a hot spot for manufacturing jobs in B.C., and it has quite a lot of agricultural land. So, the impacts to that city could be significant.

“One of the main things we want to make sure is that the bottom line to all of these businesses and tariff impacts are minimized as much as possible,” she added.

Meantime, federal Conservatives are questioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claim that this agreement is a win for Canada.

The USMCA still needs to be ratified.