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The US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) was signed November 30, 2018
The USMCA will come into effect following the completion of certain Trade Promotion Act procedures, including a Congressional vote on an implementing bill. In the meantime, NAFTA remains in effect.

If you are operating under NAFTA, or considering cross border trade with the member countries in the future, we encourage you to review the text of the pending agreement for changes and new content which may affect your business going forward.

The full text is available on the website of the Office of the US Trade Representative; or click here.

We strongly recommend that you prepare yourself for the possible changes, so that when the hearings are set for comments with a deadline, you will be prepared to give your Corporate input.

BIS is accepting comments for proposed controls about emerging technologies - These comments are due by January 10, 2019. Here is the link to the relevant Federal Register notice (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-19/pdf/2018-25221.pdf). The definition of emerging technologies is defined within the notice as:

"This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) seeks public comment on criteria for identifying emerging technologies that are essential to U.S. national security, for example because they have potential conventional weapons, intelligence collection, weapons of mass destruction, or terrorist applications or could provide the United States with a qualitative military or intelligence advantage. Comment on this ANPRM will help inform the interagency process to identify and describe such emerging technologies. This interagency process is anticipated to result in proposed rules for new Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) on the CCL."

If anyone wants to file comments, the relevant details are in the Federal Register notice itself.

USTR is requesting comments on negotiating objectives for a possible US-UK Trade Agreement - These comments are due by January 15, 2019. Here is the link to the relevant Federal Register notice (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-11-16/pdf/2018-24987.pdf).

U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2018–2022 Strategic Plan - 2018–2022 Strategic Plan - It sets out the priorities established for the Department by Secretary Ross and informs the public about the department's important work.

Secretary Ross' Op-Ed on China IPR - American genius is under attack from China - Intellectual property theft and expropriation costs US businesses up to $600bn a year.

Trump Administration Releases NAFTA Negotiation Objectives - Link to Summary of Objectives July 17, 2017 - “The America that existed when NAFTA was signed is not the America that we see today. Some Americans have benefited from new market access provided by the Agreement. It contributed to the linking of the continent through trade, while at the same time NAFTA provided much needed market access for American farmers and ranchers. But NAFTA also created new problems for many American workers. Since the deal came into force in 1994, trade deficits have exploded, thousands of factories have closed, and millions of Americans have found themselves stranded, no longer able to utilize the skills for which they had been trained.

For years, politicians promising to renegotiate the deal gave American workers hope that they would stop the bleeding. But none followed up.

In June 2016, then-candidate Donald J. Trump made a promise to the American people: he would renegotiate NAFTA or take us out of the agreement. If we succeed in achieving these objectives — maintaining and improving market access for American agriculture, manufacturing, and services — then we look forward to a seamless transition to the new NAFTA.”

NAFTA RENEGOTIATION - Federal Register Notice - Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. DATES: If you want to testify at the hearing, you must provide written notification and a summary of your testimony by Monday, June 12, 2017. Written comments also are due by Monday, June 12, 2017. A hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Main Hearing Room of the United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Trilateral Statement on the 5th Round of NAFTA Negotiations in Mexico City
Link to statement - November 15, 2017

USTR Lighthizer Statement on the Conclusion of the 5th Round of NAFTA Renegotiations
Link to statement - November 2017

Trilateral Statement on the Conclusion of the Fifth Round of NAFTA Negotiations
Link to statement - November 2017

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Blog

See our BLOG for the Latest Updates on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, etc..

See Press Release summarizing the Nat'l DEC position on TPP and our readiness to work with the new Administration as it crafts new trade agreements.

See White House Memo (Jan 23, 2017) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

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Op-Ed

Post Truth Politics and Open Global Trade an Op-Ed by Kenneth L. Wengrod, Chair of Legislative Regulatory Committee and TPP Work Group.

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DECSC Event Participation

DECSC is very active within the Southern California Export community and welcomes requests to participate in Export-related events. If you wish to be considered in having DECSC participate in your Export-related event please Contact Us and provide as much information as possible about your organization and scheduled event.

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DECSC-Sponsored Events

DECSC Event Participation Details..

JANUARY 2019

Meet at the LAX Flight Path Museum and Learning Center
Tue, January 22, 2019 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM PST

LAX Flight Path Museum & Learning Center
6661 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90045

EXPORTING MANUFACTURERS - Come join us for this exciting roundtable and tour! (Please Note: This event is designed exclusively for the exporting manufacturers. Kindly do not register if you are not in this category)

- Connect with California Manufacturers who are increasing their sales by Exporting

- Meet with Southern California District Export Council (DEC) members that can answer questions and help you maximize your export efforts

- Learn about current LAX facilities and participate in the LAX Cargo Tour

Roundtable Sessions - please select 3 topics:

- Regulatory Compliance / Licensing
- Finance and Tax
- Freight Logistics and Customs
- IP / Sales and Distribution Agreements
- Market Entry and Export Market Intelligence

This event is for California small and medium-sized manufacturers who are already exporting their products.

For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Glynn at 310.984.0728 or eglynn@cmtc.com

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