Uniform Regulations and Interim Instructions Issued for USMCA Implementation

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has issued Uniform Regulations to provide guidance on interpretation, application, and administration of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement.  Topics covered include:

  • Origin Procedures
  • Textile and Apparel Goods
  • Customs Administration and Trade Facilitation

To view the Uniform Regulations, click here.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has also issued interim instructions to provide early guidance on preferential tariff claims under the USMCA.  Topics covered include:

  • Rules of Origin and Origin Marking Rules
  • Origination
  • Regional Value Content Calculation Methods
  • Treatment of Sets
  • De Minimis Provisions
  • Transit and Transshipment
  • Eligibility
  • Exemption for Merchandise Processing Fees
  • Preference Claims and Post-Importation Claims
  • Certification and Other Documentation Requirements
  • Recordkeeping Requirements
  • CBP Verification Process

To view the interim instructions, click here.

In support of USMCA implementation, CBP will amend Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR 182) to implement uniform regulations of the Agreement and the Act.  The HTSUS is also being amended to include General Note 11 with information on the USMCA rules of origin.

Please note, the interim implementing instructions are subject to change pending the issuance of GN11 and 19 CFR 182 regulations.  Final instructions will be released prior to the date the USMCA enters into force, which is slated for July 1, and will provide additional details on entry, compliance, and other requirements.

Meanwhile, CPB has opened a new USMCA Center to help coordinate implementation of the agreement.  Staff at the center will work with traders, producers, freight forwarders, and broker to facilitate a smooth transition from NAFTA to the new USMCA by updating CBP regulations on pending USMCA topics, developing and distributing information resources, proving guidance on new compliance obligations, coordinating outreach events, and responding to training requests.

It is anticipated that the Department of Labor will issue regulations on the high-wage components of the labor value content requirements.