ACCA Statement on U.S., Mexico, Canada Free-Trade Agreement

Arlington, VA (December 11, 2019) - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) released the following statement from ACCA President and CEO Barton James on the bipartisan U.S., Mexico, Canada free trade agreement (USMCA):

“ACCA is pleased that the President and Congress have reached a bipartisan deal on the USMCA. Tariffs on products and materials from Mexico and Canada have contributed to price increases as high as 20 percent on HVACR products. ACCA supports trade agreements that ensure the HVACR industry is not subject to tariffs.

This agreement is long overdue and ACCA appreciates President Trump’s leadership that brought our trading partners to the table and pushed Congress to take action. ACCA hopes this agreement paves the way for more bipartisan legislation in Congress, including tax extenders, infrastructure funding, and passage of federal legislation to ensure a unified HFC refrigerant phasedown schedule. ACCA also hopes that the USMCA leads to trade agreements, including with China, that could remove more tariffs that impact the HVACR industry.”

For more information about ACCA, please contact Deb Weiner, ACCA Manager of Communications at or 703-824-8862.


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.