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On July 1, 2020, CBP issued CSMS #43227909 – Drawback: USMCA Interim Guidance, reproduced below: Drawback USMCA Update: The purpose of this message is to provide the trade community with guidance on claim submission and the reporting requirements for USMCA drawback claims. USMCA regulations, which are pending, will be housed in 19 CFR 182. Further guidance will be issued in a CSMS once regulations are final. The drawback trade community should not file any USMCA…

The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) enters into force on July 1, 2020, and the US International Trade Commission (USITC) has updated the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to reflect USMCA-related and other revisions. The text of the most recent HTS and the accompanying duty rates are available on the USITC website at https://hts.usitc.gov/current. Updates include: new USMCA rules of origin; tariff changes to implement the USMCA; removing expired North American Free Trade Agreement provisions; rules…

On July 1, 2020, the Federal Register published Presidential Proclamation 10053 of June 29, 2020 To Take Certain Actions Under the United States-Mexico–Canada Agreement Implementation Act and for Other Purposes, which modifies the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) – as set forth in Annex I to US International Trade Commission (USITC) Publication 5060 (which is incorporated by reference) to provide generally for the preferential tariff treatment being accorded under the USMCA, to…

On July 1, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published 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 those…

On July 1, 2020, the US Department of Labor published 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 by August 31, 2020. The Act requires that to…

On July 1, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a general notice that announces a modification to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) reconciliation prototype test to include the flagging for filing of post-importation preferential treatment claims arising under the Agreement Between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada (the USMCA) as implemented pursuant to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act…

On July 1, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register an amendment [Docket No. USTR–2020–0023] to an annex to the notice published on June 26, 2020, which requested public comments in connection with a review 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. The amendment adds two products to…

On July 1, 2020, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice that implements the USMCA tariff rate quota (TRQ) for imports of sugar containing products (SCPs) from Canada. The TRQ for SCPs will be administered using export certificates. The Schedule of the United States to Annex 2–B of the USMCA establishes a TRQ for imports of SCPs from Canada, as set forth in paragraph 15 of…

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…