USTR Notifies Congress that USMCA Will Enter into Force on July 1st

USTR-Notifies-Congress-that-USMCA-Will-Enter-into-Force-on-July-1st

Today (April 24, 2020), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Canada, Mexico and the United States have taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and therefore the Agreement will enter into force on July 1, 2020. The USMCA is the successor agreement to the North American […]

USTR Submits the 2020 Trade Policy and Annual Report to Congress

2020-Trade-Policy-and-Annual-Report-for-Congress

On February 28, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) submitted President Trump’s 2020 Trade Policy Agenda and Annual Report to Congress. The 300-page report details how the Administration’s follow-through on promises made to change U.S. trade policy has resulted in an economic “blue-collar boom” with higher wages, more jobs and a stronger economy.  The report […]

And Then There Were Three: The U.S., Mexico and Canada Agree to Sign the New USMCA

And Then There Were Three: The U.S., Mexico and Canada Agree to Sign the New USMCA

Canada just joined the United States and Mexico in agreeing to sign on to a modernized NAFTA, which will become known as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”). The U.S. and Mexico entered their agreement a little over a month ago, and there was a concerted push to conclude the agreement (with or without Canada) before Mexican […]

USTR Publishes Specific Exclusion Request Process for the List 2 Tariffs against China

USTR Publishes Specific Exclusion Request Process for the List 2 Tariffs against China

[September 18, 2018] Earlier today, the USTR published a Notice and Request for Comments in the Federal Register with respect to the product specific exclusion request process for the Section 301 tariffs that went into effect on August 23, 2018. Interested persons may submit exclusion requests to the USTR until December 18, 2018. Per the […]

Upcoming ECTI Webinar on September 12th: Understanding the Tariff Wars

Date/Time: September 12, 2018, 1:00-2:30pm EDT May You Live in Interesting Times. Page through any history book and you will find that the most intriguing and compelling eras were those filled with turmoil, confusion, and uncertainty. But the people living back then, like many of today’s importers, manufacturers, and retailers, would most certainly have traded those […]

NAFTA Is Dead – Long Live the “U.S. – Mexico Trade Agreement” in Principle?

NAFTA Is Dead – Long Live the “U.S. – Mexico Trade Agreement” in Principle?

Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States and Mexico reached a “preliminary agreement in principle,” subject to finalization and implementation, to update the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USTR stated that the preliminary accord contains “modern provisions representing a 21st century, high-standard agreement.” The agreement, which will […]