USMCA for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear, and Bags
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The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is anticipated to replace NAFTA on July 1, 2020. Companies should become familiar with the changes in the USMCA and how they impact the qualification of textiles, apparel, footwear, and bags for duty-free treatment, as well as their impact on documenting claims for such treatment.
- 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
- Footwear rules of origin
- Bags and travel goods rules of origin
- Low value shipments
- Duration of agreement
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.