USMCA Day one is here and it’s the dawn of a new era in trade and starting today, this is the timeline for the coming years
Below are some opportunities in full compliance of the new trade deal:
- Requires that at least 75% of USA cars be produced in the region.
- Requires that at least 35% of them be produced by workers making $16 an hour or more to pass through the countries duty-free.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 4: Rules of Origin
- Keeps NAFTA’s dispute-settlement provisions and incorporates them into Chapter 10.
- Restricts NAFTA’s investor-state dispute resolution provisions between the U.S. and Mexico and eliminates them between the U.S. and Canada.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 10: Trade Remedies
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 31: Dispute Settlement
FTAS WITH NON-MARKET ECONOMIES
- Requires that any member who plans to launch trade negotiations with a non-market economy give the other two at least 3 months’ notice prior to starting the negotiations.
- Allows members to potentially terminate the agreement if a member decides to enter into an FTA with a non-market economy.
- In this case, it allows the remaining members to replace the USMCA with a bilateral agreement between them.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 32: Exceptions and General Provisions
- Allows U.S. dairy farmers to export the equivalent of 3.6% of Canada’s dairy market into Canada.
- Eliminates Canada’s Class 6 and Class 7 milk categories and associated pricing schedules for skim milk, skim milk proteins, and other components and ultrafiltered milk.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 3: Agriculture.
The new deal includes a new currency chapter that commits the three countries to:
- Maintain market-determined exchange rates.
- Refrain from competitive devaluations of their currencies.
- Strengthen the conditions for macroeconomic and exchange rate stability.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 33: Macroeconomic Policies and Exchange Rate Matters
- Prohibits customs duties from being applied to electronically distributed products such as e-books, videos, music, software, and games.
- Allows data to be transferred cross-border and reduces the limits on where data can be stored and processed.
- Places stronger enforceable consumer protections on the digital market.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 19: Digital Trade
- Includes a 16-year expiration date.
- Requires the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to meet and review the deal every six years, when it can be extended for another 16 years.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (2018) Chapter 34: Final Provisions
Don’t miss this opportunity to get goods to market with confidence by seamlessly complying with the USMCA’s new trade agreement rules and documentation requirements from day one.
Source: USMCA infographic by the Mexico Institute https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/infographic-the-usmca
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