NCBFAA, in Partnership with Braumiller Law Group,
Present a Webinar on the Topic of:
USMCA –Changes You Need To Know
Monday, April 20th, 2020
1PM – 2PM (EDT)
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has officially been ratified by all three North American parties, now what? For one thing, the United States, Canada and Mexico must develop uniform regulations with an effective date prior to, or on June 1, 2020 which is the official implementation date of the USMCA. Additionally, the countries must all implement the other measures outlined in the agreement, such as complying with new e-commerce, intellectual property, environmental and labor rules. Upon completion of these measures, the countries will exchange certifications of compliance, and only then will the agreement become effective and officially replace NAFTA.
Mexico and Canada have notified each other, and the United States, that they have completed internal procedures required for the USMCA to enter into force. Mexico sent its notification on April 4th and Canada sent its notification on April 3, 2020, according to news reports. The entry into force of the USMCA is one of the most important trade facilitation boosts that are possible to help grow out of the crisis and its economic drag on the economy.
So, the United States can notify Mexico and Canada any time during the month of April, and the USMCA would then enter into force on July 1, 2020, the third month after an April notification. If the U.S. delays its notification until May or June, that will push off the entry into force to August 1 or September 1.
Although the Coronavirus pandemic is grabbing more attention than any other issue, it would make good economic and political sense for the Administration to make sure that all internal procedures of the U.S. are completed, and the notification is made to Mexico and Canada during the next three weeks.
This webinar will cover:
- USMCA, and how the pandemic has changed the landscape for inclusion, and point of origin
- When the USMCA will enter into force and potential delays
- Government assistance to continue doing business while trade ramps up after the pandemic
- Leverage duty free trade with Canada and Mexico to improve your competitiveness
- Customs processing and tariff issues in the new agreement
Cost: $25 for Members, $45 for Non-Members
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Meet the Speakers:
Adrienne Braumiller, Founding Partner
Braumiller Law Group
Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.
She has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analyzing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases. Read Adrienne’s full bio here.
James Holbein, Of Counsel
Braumiller Law Group
Jim Holbein has decades of experience in trade negotiating, trade policy development, tariff nomenclature and administration, customs enforcement, international trade dispute settlement, and import compliance. In his most recent federal position he managed the development of tariff nomenclature for all Section 301 tariffs and exclusions, Miscellaneous Tariff Bills, for non-legal statistical breakouts to help firms isolate trade volumes for specific products, and supervised U.S. representation to the World Customs Organization making changes to the Harmonized System.
Jim is a former Federal Executive with more than 30 years of government experience, who most recently was responsible for supervising a professional staff maintaining the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. at the International Trade Commission (ITC). He ran the NAFTA trade dispute settlement process while at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was a diplomat and trade negotiator for the U.S. Department of State. He is the author of more than 25 books, articles and conference papers dealing with international trade and dispute settlement. Read Jim’s full bio here.