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ACC Comments on Commercial Traffic Restrictions between United States and Mexico

Scott Jensen

WASHINGTON (September 22, 2023) – The following statement may be attributed to American Chemistry Council (ACC) Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Kimberly Wise White, in response to the shutdown of critical gateways for moving commercial traffic between the United States and Mexico:

“ACC and its members are concerned that the United States has suspended commercial traffic at key crossings between the United States and Mexico and urge policymakers to find a workable solution to resume normal trade as quickly as possible. Closing parts of the border to commercial trade, even temporarily, poses a major problem for chemical manufacturing. 

“Last year the chemical trade between the U.S. and Mexico totaled almost $40 billion. The movement of chemicals between the two countries is critical to manufacturing. If chemical shipments are disrupted, the North American supply chain would suffer, including, lost production, jobs, and economic activity. Manufacturers, farmers, and families everywhere – would feel the negative impact of cutting off the transportation of these crucial chemistries. 

“We recognize the importance of border security and encourage President Biden to work with Congress to find a solution that protects the nation and allows for the resumption of normal commercial trade between Mexico and the United States.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.