January 2019 Update: NAFTA is now called the U.S., Mexico, Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
The Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada is a signed but not ratified free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is referred to differently by each signatory—in the United States, it is called the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA); in Canada, it is called the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in English and the Accord Canada–États-Unis–Mexique (ACEUM) in French; and in Mexico, it is called the Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC).The agreement is sometimes referred to as "New NAFTA" in reference to the previous trilateral agreement it is meant to supersede, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides reduced or duty-free entry and eliminates most quotas for apparel products from Mexico and Canada that meet certain rules of origin. Under the Special Regime Program, apparel assembled in Mexico from U.S.-formed and cut fabric is allowed quota-free and duty-free entry into the United States market. Finally, under the Special Access Program for the Caribbean, also known as the 807A Program, certain apparel products assembled in participating countries from fabric wholly formed and cut in the U.S. are afforded quota-free entry and preferential duties upon re-entry into the United States.
Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade represents Canada abroad through a network of embassies and offices around the world. Their objectives are to promote prosperity, ensure Canadians' security within a global framework, and promote Canadian values and culture on the international stage.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce : The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the national leader in public policy advocacy on business issues. Their goal is to foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits Canada and all Canadians. the largest, most important and influential advocate for business in Canada the only national business group with a membership that covers the broad spectrum of private enterprise the only non-political, non-profit association with an organized grassroots network of community chambers in every single federal riding.
Canadian International Trade Tribunal: The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an administrative tribunal operating within Canada's trade remedies system. It is an independent quasi-judicial body that carries out its statutory responsibilities in an autonomous and impartial manner and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance.
US/mexico Chamber of Commerce: A group of distinguished Mexican and U.S. businessmen established the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC) in 1973 as a 501 (c) (6) non-profit business association chartered in Washington D.C. The coalition of businessmen created a bilateral organization to promote trade, investment and joint ventures on both sides of the border. Now in its third decade of operation, the Chamber has grown into a unique non-profit corporation operating through 12 offices in Mexico and the United States. All chapters and offices, with strong local membership and international contacts, help businesses bridge differences in legal, regulatory and economic systems, as well as language and culture.
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) : The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) pursues its mission in three areas of U.S. international trade: adjudication, research and analysis, and maintaining the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
You may also want to learn about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in our international trade section.
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