May 2019 Newsletter

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Letters of Credit in Business Transactions

In most of the world and, indeed, in much of the United States the parties to a transaction often do not know each other and are concerned that the transaction will not proceed without problems. The manufacturer or supplier is concerned that it will not be paid for goods or services rendered.

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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

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Business Can Strengthen the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

For all the talk of tension between the U.S. and Mexico, we remain close friends and neighbors with mutual interests, common challenges, and interdependent economies. For more than a century, U.S. and Mexican companies have worked together to drive investment, create jobs, and promote prosperity on both sides of the border.

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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.

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CBP’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Finalized an Update to its Minimum Security Criteria

Release Date: May 3, 2019 WASHINGTON—After over two and a half years of collaboration with the trade community, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has finalized its review and update of its Minimum Security Criteria (MSC).

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