United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Preparing for the New NAFTA

USMCA vs. NAFTA, Key Provisions and Enforcement

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A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, June 20, 2019

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, May 24, 2019

This CLE webinar will provide guidance on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The panel will examine key provisions and will discuss steps that companies should take in preparation for the USMCA. The panel will also review the steps for ratification and potential challenges to ratification in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


There is a lot to digest with the USMCA, which would modernize and replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Among other things, the USMCA provides rules surrounding e-commerce and digital trade, which were not addressed in NAFTA.

The USMCA makes several changes that will impact whether a variety of products qualify as duty-free. It also establishes procedural changes that impact the entry and duty preference claim process, as well as facilitate qualification. While some NAFTA provisions remain, there will be changes for all companies.

The new agreement has not yet completed all the legislative steps, but companies and their counsel need to begin reviewing the new agreement to determine the potential impacts.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the new USMCA agreement and compares it with NAFTA. The panel will discuss what has changed and what remains in place. The panel will also address what the new agreement means for companies and their counsel as well as what changes companies will need to make to be prepared for the USMCA.



  1. Overview of the USMCA
  2. USMCA and NAFTA: differences and similarities
  3. Key provisions
  4. Steps to ratification and potential hurdles
  5. Steps that companies and counsel should take


The panel will review these and other priority issues:

  • What are the significant differences between NAFTA and the USMCA?
  • How does the USMCA address e-commerce and digital trade?
  • What are the steps for ratification? Are there significant ratification challenges in the U.S., Canada or Mexico?


Sawyer, James
James L. Sawyer

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Mr. Sawyer counsels clients in all areas of U.S. import laws and regulations, including tariff classification,...  |  Read More

Guzman, Nicolas
Nicolas Guzman

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Mr. Guzman assists clients in all aspects of international trade laws and regulations. He has experience helping...  |  Read More