The New NAFTA: Textile & Apparel Goods in the USMCA
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The NAFTA countries recently concluded negotiations on a new, replacement trade agreement, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Companies should anticipate the changes in the agreement and how they impact the qualification of textiles and apparel for duty-free treatment, as well as the impact on documenting claims.
- When will USMCA enter into force
- Changes to rules for originating textile and apparel goods, including
- A new limitation on goods imported as sets, e.g. bed in a bag or pants with belts;
- New requirements for sewing thread, narrow elastics and pocketing fabric in apparel;
- Changes to visible lining requirement
- New requirement for coated fabric in household textile products;
- Changes to tariff preference levels (TPL)
- Goods eligible for TPL
- Merchandise processing fees
- Special regime changes to goods made of US fabric and foreign yarn
- Post entry claims
- Low value shipments
- Elimination of the NAFTA Certificate
- Termination and extension
ELISE SHIBLES is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the San Francisco office. She advises and counsels clients on trade agreement and preference program requirements for a variety of different types of goods under U.S. and non-U.S. trade programs including NAFTA, QIZ, ASEAN-China and EU-Vietnam, among others. She also has extensive expertise in all aspects of textile and apparel trade and policy including classification, origin, marking, drafting and reviewing proposed legislation, and strategy for trade negotiations.