15 06, 2020

USMCA –Key Changes to NAFTA and Preparing for Implementation

2020-06-15T22:40:16-05:00June 15, 2020|USMCA|

By: Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner and Devin Sefton, Senior Associate Attorney, Braumiller Law Group The United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) is currently slated to take effect beginning on July 1, 2020.  A review of the text of the USMCA reveals that USMCA retains many elements of the North American Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), while displacing others with new or enhanced rules.  Although

15 06, 2020

COVID-19 and the Impact on the Asian Apparel Industry

2020-06-15T22:36:11-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group At the time of this writing, it’s not exactly another day in paradise, over 103,000 Americans are no longer with us, there are an estimated 1,500,000 confirmed U.S. cases of the coronavirus, and I am also ballparking at 40,000,000+ unemployment claims filed at the time of this writing, because just two weeks ago

15 06, 2020

Chemicals and the USMCA, It’s Not Just How You Mix It to Get a Reaction (or not) From CBP

2020-06-15T22:27:48-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: Bonnie Kersch, Senior Trade Advisor, Braumiller Consulting Group The USMCA is about to kick into full force on July 1st.  Is your chemical company ready?  Overall, if you’ve been issuing NAFTA certificates in the past and are already familiar with that process, you might be surprised to find that the USMCA process might allow for more of your

15 06, 2020

Obtaining a USMCA Alternative Staging Regime (RTA) for automotive producers in Mexico

2020-06-15T22:24:17-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: Brenda Cordova, Mexico Attorney, Braumiller Law Group USMCA (T-MEC as it is formally called in Mexico) will enter into force on July 1, 2020.  At least this is what the government of the Party members, the United States, Mexico and Canada have announced.  In this case, operations occurring after this date will no longer be covered by NAFTA

15 06, 2020

Are You Gonna Sign That Thing? Getting Certified Under USMCA

2020-06-15T22:19:53-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: Bruce Leeds, Senior Counsel, Braumiller Law Group The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces NAFTA and goes into effect on July 1 of this year. One of the major changes to come out of this trade agreement is elimination of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin.  Instead, the USMCA replaces the Certificate of Origin with a certification.  In this regard, the

15 06, 2020

Small Business Enterprises, Universities & Export Controls; Focusing on the practical and operational aspects in order to win contracts

2020-06-15T22:16:21-05:00June 15, 2020|Uncategorized|

By: Christos Linardakis, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group Last month, we presented a webinar on University Export Controls and received an overwhelming positive response on an area of compliance that is sometimes overlooked, especially when it comes to the collaboration between a school, the private sector, and the government. It seems our webinar was timely, given the recent congressional

15 06, 2020

Recent CBP Entry Summary Guidance for Pipe Spools from Multiple Countries of Origin – Shapes of Things to Come?

2020-06-15T22:12:31-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: Paul Fudacz, Partner, Braumiller Law Group On March 24, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published Cargo Systems Messaging Service # 42133823 “Entry Summary Guidance for Pipe Spools from Multiple Countries of Origin” (the Message).  The Message provided: Pipe spools are prefabricated components of a piping system consisting of various types of pipes, flanges, elbows, and fittings, and

15 06, 2020

Solving Trade Problems Under the New USMCA

2020-06-15T22:05:49-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: James Holbein, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group This article outlines the various mechanisms available to companies that encounter problems with the implementation and operation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that officially replaces NAFTA on July 1, 2020.  While the new agreement provides many of the same mechanisms as NAFTA, there have been significant changes. The primary methods

15 06, 2020

Time to Revisit How We Define “Act of War” in Force Majeure Provisions

2020-06-15T21:56:08-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

By: S. George Alfonso, Of Counsel, Braumiller Law Group On May 4th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) intelligence service issued an unclassified four page report which stated in part: [DHS Intelligence Service] assess the Chinese Government [“Peoples Republic of China” (“PRC”)] intentionally concealed the severity of COVID-19 from the International community in early January while it stockpiled medical supplies

15 06, 2020

COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Importers and Exporters

2020-06-15T21:48:52-05:00June 15, 2020|News & Publications|

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has presented unique challenges for the U.S. supply chain, and for the U.S. economy as a whole. Front and center is the shortage of critical medical equipment and personal protective equipment (“PPE”), including ventilators, respirators, masks, gloves, swabs and other related equipment. Meanwhile, state and local governments across the country have ordered “non-essential” businesses to

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