I am pleased, and relieved, that Mexico acknowledges the importance of improving our most important trade deal.

Mexicos Senate last week overwhelmingly approved the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal that updates the rules that have governed North Americas international commerce for a generation.

The final tally was 114 senators in favor and4against. That is a clear vote for free trade.

This result means that after all the deliberationand diplomacy, the replacement of NAFTA is officially underway.

Now its up to the United States and Canada tofollow Mexicos lead andratify the agreement as well.

We trust our partners will soon do the same for the sake of a strong North America, with clear rules, attractive for investment, stable and competitive, tweeted JesusSeade, Mexicos top trade negotiator.

In the United States, PresidentDonaldTrump tweeted his own encouragement: Time for Congress to do the same here! Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the White House and declared, also by tweet,his goal ofincreasing trade and moving forward with the new NAFTA.

I know that the approvalsof the USMCA inthe United States and Canadawont come right away, if they come at all. In Washington, a government divided betweentwo opposing partiesmeans that everything moves slowly. In Ottawa, officials havesaidthat theyll voteon USMCAonlywhen the United States is ready to voteand not sooner.

Im gladthatmy country acted so quicklyand on its own. Here in Mexico, we appreciate thevalueofclosetrade ties with the United States and Canadaand I hope ourdecision to ratify the USMCA willbuild momentum.

Im a fifth-generation dairy farmer, living and working in the state of Hidalgo, just north of Mexico City. We raiseand milkhundreds of cows and calves plus crops for silage. Yet we cant function withoutour trading partners.

From the United States and Canada, we import corn, soja, wheat, vitamins, medicine, fertilizer, pesticides, machinery, and technology.I suppose we could buy these goods from producers in other countries, but itmakes more sense to shop closeto home.

I havent read all the fine print of the USMCA: Im too busy working on the farm! As I understand it, however, the agreement will have a bigger impact on manufacturing than on agriculture.Sofor us, USMCAprobablywont change the fundamentals of our business.

Yet it will do something ofvitalimportance: It willofferstability.

Farmersconfrontchanging circumstances every day, from shifts in the weather to fluctuations in commodity prices.Amid this need to adapt constantly, we seekas muchcertaintyas possible. Above all, we want the rules of our business to remain steady and predictable.

For thelastseveralyears, however, weve suffered through an enormous amount ofpoliticalinstability and uncertainty. Last year,the leadership ofour government in Mexicotransitionedfrom one party to another. The same has happenedrecentlyin the United States. Meanwhile, everybodysfighting overtrade: slapping on tariffs, talking up trade wars, and threatening to quita longstanding agreement that hasworked well for all three countries.

Like most Mexicans, I didnt think we needed to change NAFTA. But now we have, mainly at the request of the United States. We agreed to open trade talks. Then we agreed to update and rename the pact. And now wevegone ahead andgiven itourformal ratification.

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Weve done everythingaskedof us.At the same timethe Mexican patriot in me must speak outweve been knocked around like a piata. Bashing Mexico, it seems, is agamefor certain politicians.

Our trading relationship is too important to both of our economies for this togo on. Last year, two-way trade between the United States and Mexico was worth more than $670 billion.We cant afford to jeopardize this relationship.

Instead of arguing about trade, we should work together to address the challenges of migration, drug smuggling, and more.

Before we can focus on theseother criticalmatters,however,we must resolve our trade disputes. Mexico has done its partthe part that others have asked us to play.

Now its up to the United States and Canada alsoto do the right thing and approve USMCA.