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On June 30, 2020, the Diario Oficial (Official Gazette) published the Decree establishing the Applicable Rate of the General Import Tax for merchandise originating in North America, which implements Annex 2-B of the Agreement between the United Mexican States, the United States of America and Canada (T-MEC/ USMCA / CUSMA). The Tariff Schedules established in Annex 2-B “Tariff Commitments” establish the preferential rate of customs tariffs for trade between Mexico, the United States and Canada, on goods originating…

On June 30, 2020, the Diario Oficial (Official Gazette) published the Resolution establishing the General Rules regarding the application of the customs provisions of the Treaty between the United Mexican States, the United States of America and Canada and its annexes. The Rules consist of the following titles Title I: General Provisions (definitions)Title II: National Treatment and Market Access of Goods Section I: Treatment of Customs TariffsSection II: Return and Tariff Difference ProgramsTitle III: Rules…

On July 1, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will publish in the Federal Register an interim final rule [USCBP-2020-0036; CBP Dec. 20-11], which amends the CBP regulations to implement the rules of origin provisions for preferential tariff treatment of the Agreement Between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (USMCA). The document sets forth the framework for CBP regulations that provides further guidance regarding the rules of origin for…

On June 30, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice [Docket Number USTR-2020-0028] inviting comments on the Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement (Interagency Labor Committee) procedures for submissions by the public of information with respect to potential failures of Canada or Mexico to implement their labor obligations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA or Agreement). The USMCA Implementation Act (Implementation Act) establishes the Interagency…

On July 1, 2020, the US Department of Labor will publish in the Federal Register an interim final rule (IFR) issuing regulations necessary to administer the high-wage components of the labor value content requirements as set forth in section 202A of that United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (the “Act”). The interim final rule is effective on July 1, 2020. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments within 60 days after publication. The Act requires…

On June 29, 2020, the Diario Oficial (Official Gazette) published the Decree promulgating the Tratado entre los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, los Estados Unidos de América y Canadá (T-MEC or US Mexico Canada Agreement -USMCA) signed on November 30, 2018, the December 10, 2019 Protocol modifying it, six side letters between the US and Mexico signed November 30, 2018, and two side letters between the US and Mexico signed December 10, 2019.  The full text of…

On June 26, 2020, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued Customs Notice 20-22 – The Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement’s (CUSMA) – Regulatory Amendments and New Regulations Made Pursuant to the Customs Act, which contains the proposed new regulations and regulatory amendments, which will come into effect as of the date of entry into force of the CUSMA, scheduled for July 1, 2020. Additional implementation information is available in implementation information on the CUSMA is available…

On June 26, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments [Docket Number USTR-2020-0027] concerning the extension of particular exclusions granted under the product exclusion procedures initiated in October 2019. As of June 12, 2020, USTR had issued five product exclusion notices under that action. The product exclusions granted under these notices are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020. USTR has decided…

On June 26, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a request for comments [Docket Number USTR-2020-0023] relating to a review being conducted by USTR of the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation involving the enforcement of US World Trade Organization (WTO) rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute. In connection with this review, USTR is considering modifying the list of products of certain current or…

On June 25, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register two notices and requests for comments concerning the extension of particular exclusions granted under the Product Exclusion Notice from the $16 billion action against certain goods from China pursuant to Section 301. USTR initiated an exclusion process in September 2018 and granted multiple sets of exclusions. The first notice [Docket Number USTR-2020-0025] covers the second set of exclusions,…