The API released a statement after the Trump Administration announced that Canada has joined an agreement with the United States and Mexico to form the United States, Mexico, and Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Key provisions of the agreement related to the U.S. natural gas and oil industry include:

  • Continued market access for U.S. natural gas and oil products, and investments in Canada and Mexico
  • Continued zero tariffs on natural gas and oil products; investment protections to which all countries commit and the eligibility for Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) for U.S. natural gas and oil companies investing in Mexico
  • Requirement that Mexico retain at least current level of openness to U.S. energy investment
  • Additional flexibility allowing U.S. customs authorities to accept alternative documentation to certify that natural gas and oil have originated in Canada or Mexico upon entering the U.S.

According to the agreement, parties may withdraw from the agreement by providing written notice of
withdrawal to the other parties. A withdrawal shall take effect six months after notice. If a party withdraws, the agreement shall remain in force for the remaining parties.

Congress is expected to vote on the agreement in 2019.

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