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USMCA to enter into force on July 1 after United States takes final procedural steps for Implementation. Interim Implementation Instructions now available as initial guidance

Dear Friends and Customers,

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) would enter into force on July 1st 2020.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued interim implementing instructions on April 20 via administrative message CSMS #42429822 US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Interim Implementation Instructions, intended to provide early guidance on new requirements under the USMCA. These instructions are for advance informational and advisory purposes only.  They are not final and are subject to further revision.

Contents on the interim implementing instructions are subject to change pending the issuance of GN 11 on Harmonized Tariff Schedule establishing Rules of Origin and 19 CFR 182 regulations. The final instructions will be released prior to the date the USMCA enters into force which will be July 1st 2020, and will provide additional details on entry, compliance, and other requirements.

Until the USMCA enters into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) requirements remains in effect.

Interim rules include: Origination, Rules of Origin, Regional Value Content, De Minimis (Non-Textiles), Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF) exemption,  Country of Origin Marking Rules, Sets, Transit and Transshipment, Preference Claims, Post-Importation Claims, Certification or Other Document Requirements, Correction of False/Unsupported USMCA Claims, Recordkeeping Requirements, Verification by CBP,  Issuing a Determination, Impact of a Negative Determination on a Blanket Certification, Pattern of Conduct, Protest Rights,  Supporting Documents, Eligible Articles, Steel and Aluminum Certification.

For automotive: Rules of Origin for Automotive Goods, Automotive Rules of Origin and Procedures, Calculation of LVC requirement Parts and Components for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks, Certification for Certain Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles, Light Trucks, and Heavy Trucks, Labor Value Content, Labor Value Content Certification. 

For textiles: Eligibility for Textiles and Apparel, Textile and Textile Apparel Rules of Origin, USMCA Eligibility for Textiles and Apparel, Short Supply.

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