COVID disruptions may be good news for pockets of regions that will see an uptick in manufacturing and distribution activity. 

The Rio Grande Valley in Texas and parts of Mexico is an example, according to The Brownsville Herald

“Raudel Garza, chief executive officer of the Harlingen Economic Development Corp., told board members Tuesday that he believes the trend that followed the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, which went into effect July 1, will accelerate,” according to the paper. 

Larger companies are “all saying basically a lot of the same things, they’re talking about moving a lot of their assets from overseas closer to home so that they can actually have less disruptions in their supply chains. So there’s a lot of good opportunities I think for us in South Texas to continue to capitalize on some of those activities … ,” Garza said.

Even before COVID-19 struck earlier this year, companies moved to take advantage of, or to avoid being punished by, key sections of the USMCA that benefit companies which have plants in the United States, Mexico or Canada, the article said.