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Changes to NAFTA are coming. What effect will it have?

What is NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement is a trilateral trade agreement between Canada, the USA, and Mexico. It has facilitated the flow of goods and labour between the participating nations and has contributed to the economic stability of the continent since 1994. The politics surrounding free trade have done a total 180 since NAFTA’s enactment. North American governments have been relatively pro free trade in the la...

Tough Talk, Big Changes Ahead in NAFTA Talks

It’s well known that President Trump isn’t a big fan of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Renegotiating the agreement – or breaking it – was a key element in Trump’s electoral campaign and now, with the power of the U.S. economy in his hands, the President is now in a position to dictate the agenda. The most recent development is that NAFTA negotiations probably won’t start until late 2017, might last a year and will include se...

NAFTA Renegotiations: Time to Look at Rules of Origin

It’s no news that the Trump administration isn’t crazy in love with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in fact it’s well-known that one of the first areas of interest for the administration is renegotiating the rules of origin found in the agreement. What are the rules of origin you ask? It’s essentially a technical rule found in the document that states that goods that originate from NAFTA countries are entitled to receive ...

Top 5 Most Common Mistakes on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin

Information sharing with various government agencies and regulators is part of the import-export business, it's something many businesses feel like they can do with a blindfold on; include some shipping or invoicing data here, throw in the name of the shipper there and the consignee here and then send off the forms. It seems pretty easy and for businesses that do it on a regular basis it truly is routine, but what about the North American Free Tr...

Tricks and Tips To Maximize your Trade Benefits with NAFTA

Considering getting your NAFTA Certificates of Origins (NCO) updated? While setting up your review for your blanket certificates - here are some best practices you should consider: Tip 1: Be sure certificates are accurately completed Ensuring that at face value, the certificates have proper coding and are fully completed is one of the first thing companies reviewing NCOs for their North American vendors will do. It may seem like good sense but ...