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The USMCA: Something New or #JustAnotherNAFTA

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  • December 30, 2019June 21, 2022
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) finally got a major overhaul, something campaigned on by President Trump and negotiated in Congress for the past three years. There are a number of significant changes about which American businesses need to be aware. Below we'll discuss 5 key differences between USMCA and NAFTA. When NAFTA came into force on January 1, 1994, it was seen as a way to foster economic growthRead More »The USMCA: Something New or #JustAnotherNAFTA

Is Your Company Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)?

The primary purpose of free trade agreements (FTAs) is to lower or remove tariff barriers that hamper the active trade of goods and services between countries and to protect intellectual property rights. The U.S. alone has more than 12 FTAs, and there are more than 400 regional trade agreements worldwide; even so, it appears that many companies fail to leverage this opportunity to open up foreign markets to their products. Based onRead More »Is Your Company Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)?

Official Network of Automotive Manufacturing Clusters in Mexico

In a response to changes in the international economic environment, such as the trade war between the United States and China and the implementation of the new free trade treaty between the US, Mexico, and Canada (USMCA), nine of the country’s automotive manufacturing clusters in Mexico have joined together to create a formal associative network.Read More »Official Network of Automotive Manufacturing Clusters in Mexico

Do You Know What IMMEX Stands For?

It is common to hear that auto part manufacturers with plants in Mexico that export their final products or that sell them to Mexican Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), operate under trade facilitation programs that allow them to import into Mexico raw materials, machinery and equipment with certain benefits. Most of the manufacturers operate as IMMEXRead More »Do You Know What IMMEX Stands For?

Mexico becomes first country to pass USMCA

Mexico’s Senate on Wednesdaypassed the USMCA, making it the first country to ratify the new North American trade pact. "USMCA passes! Mexico goes first with clear signal that our economy is open," Jesús Seade, Mexico's undersecretary for foreign affairs, wrote on Twitter. "We're confident that our partners will soon do the same," Seade added. Passage in MexicoRead More »Mexico becomes first country to pass USMCA

NAFTA, Explained With a Toy Car

NAFTA made your car cheaper, USMCA could change that.When the North American Free Trade Agreement began in 1994, auto companies in the US, Canada and Mexico could trade parts and cars without paying tariffs. And they could source parts and labor from the cheapest places. That is a big reason why US car prices have only risen seven percent in 25 years. But the proposed US Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA for short — could change that; President Trump’s new deal would increase the regulations that car manufacturers need to meet in order to sell tariff-free cars. We built a Ford Mustang to explain.

All About That Base(line): How to Interpret the International Trade Commission Report on USMCA

On or around April 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is expected to release a report assessing the expected effects on the U.S. economy of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Interpreting the report is going to be… complicated. This report is required under the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (known asRead More »All About That Base(line): How to Interpret the International Trade Commission Report on USMCA