The “New NAFTA”: The USMCA
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  • Duration : 90 Minutes
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Martin is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, one who worked in the industry for several years.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land, air, and seaports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was a member of the agency's export control branch.

Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, an assistant prosecutor with the Office of the Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary.

An instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College, Martin teaches international trade courses (import, export, logistics, business, and law).  In addition to his legal practice (, he is of counsel to GRVR Attorneys LLC, a customs and international trade law group headquartered in Dallas, TX. Martin is also the managing member of Accord Import Export Solutions LLC, an international trade educational group, located at the Port of New York.

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comprises Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, an agreement that has eliminated barriers to trade, promoted conditions of fair competition, increased investment opportunities, provided protection for intellectual property rights, and established procedures for the resolution of disputes.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), commonly referred to as the “New NAFTA,” is essentially NAFTA 2.0. The USMCA has been adjusted to include changes for automakers, stricter labor, and environmental standards, intellectual property protections, and digital trade provisions.

Learning Objectives   

To learn about the provisions of the agreements, which cover a wide range, including agricultural produce, manufactured products, labor conditions, digital trade, among others. Some of the more prominent aspects of the USMCA include giving U.S. dairy farmers greater access to the Canadian market, guidelines to have a higher proportion of automobiles manufactured amongst the three nations rather than imported from elsewhere and retention of the dispute resolution system like the one included in NAFTA.

Areas Covered

  • NAFTA: its benefits and processes
  • History of NAFTA
  • NAFTA Objectives
  • The Customs Modernization Act: Importer and Exporter Obligations
  • History of USMCA
  • USMCA Objectives
  • The Implementation of the USMCA
  • Qualifying Products, Certifications, and Filings
  • Resources
  • Recommendations

Course Level - Beginner/Intermediate

Why Should You Attend   

The USMCA is signed but not yet ratified blueprint for the more than 450 million people living in the North American free trade area of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. If you do not understand what NAFTA and the “New NAFTA” means, you could miss out on all sorts of profitable opportunities while subjecting you or your company to costly and aggravating fines and penalties, as well as lost customers.

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