Our attorneys are well versed in NAFTA issues.

Contact a firm attorney at (415) 498-0070.


August 4, 2018: NAFTA: Canadian Minister is "keen" to get back to the table - after having being excluded from U.S.-Mexico talks.  

May 23, 2018: Article: Trump calls Canada "spoiled" and cited to auto deal.

April 6, 2018: Article: 8th round in Washington.

February 25, 2018:  Article: 7th Round in Mexico.

January 20, 2018: NAFTA: Article: 6th Round of negotiations begins next week.

January 16, 2018: Hill Times Article: Re-negotiations: Canada may capitulate to certain 'unthinkable' US demands.

January 10, 2018: WTO: Canada files dispute to the WTO over Softwood Lumber.. Financial Times Article.  USTR Lighthizer's response.

January 5, 2017: Unified Cargo Processing to expand to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona.

December, 2017:  CBP: Video explanation of Unified Processing Program (CBP/SAT joint inspections)

October, 2017:

Forbes: Article: Trump Pushes NAFTA Talks Onto Treacherous New Timeline

NYT: Article: Nafta Talks’ Extension May Make for Slow, Painful Demise.


May 18, 2017:  Trump Administration issues NAFTA renegotiation notice letters.

NAFTA Re-negotiation

President Trump initiated the renegotiation of the NAFTA in May 2017, and to date, NAFTA has been through numerous rounds of high-level diplomatic re-negotiations between the countries.  With the talks now extended into 2018, it is unknown whether the parties will eventually reach a compromise that allows the agreement to continue.  

The three countries have been unable to reach agreement on a range of issues, including what percentage of a product should be made in the United States, whether the trade pact should expire every five years, whether there should be NAFTA dispute settlement provisions, and whether and where a de minimis entry value should be set.  Other industry specific problems include dairy, tomatos, avocados, autos, and apparel.   

Should deadlock in Congress preclude renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority, then the renegotiation would become even more uncertain.


NAFTA Certificates of Origin. 

Certificates of Origin are a primary document required for importers to declare goods under the NAFTA.  Questions will sometimes arise as to the viability of certain formatting to the certificates (such as in blanket certifications) or as to the correct course of action where goods are later determined not to have qualified under the NAFTA Rules of Origin.


NAFTA Rules of Origin. 

The eligibility of goods under the NAFTA will often hinge on whether the inputs of non-originating materials, components, parts, etc. have been sufficiently transformed into an originating good under the terms of the appropriate NAFTA Rule of Origin.  In such circumstances, a careful legal review is often critically important, since a discrepant tariff classification or other nuanced error could lead to systemic disqualification of the goods and a denial of the NAFTA duty-free status.


Unified Cargo Processing  (US-Mexico Shipments)

A pilot program for the UCP was begun in 2017 at the Port of Nogales.  This pilot involves the joint examination of cargo by inspectors from both U.S. CBP and the Mexican SAT.

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The firm's offices are located in San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles, California.

Our practice areas include classification, valuation, admissibility, customs detentions, seizures and penalty proceedings, and customs audits.  We bring litigation, and handle numerous other types of issues arising in international trade. See our services listings.

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