Latin American Challenges in the Wake of COVID: Brookings Discussion with Secretary General of the Organization of American States

On June 22, Brookings hosted a virtual conversation with Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) H.E. Luis Almagro to discuss his second term and the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America.   The COVID-19 crises has severely impacted Latin America as the region has become the epicenter of the pandemic. Deaths due to COVID-19 account for 45% of all global deaths despite … Read more

CBP May 2020 Operational Update

On June 12, CBP released its operational update for May 2020. The update focused on CBP’s efforts to prevent the cross-border spread of COVID-19, facilitate essential trade and travel and ensure the security of U.S. borders. Below are some highlights of the update: Trade and Counterfeit Seizures CBP’s COVID-19 Cargo Resolution Team (CCRT) helps to facilitate … Read more

WITA Webinar: COVID-19 and USMCA

On Thursday, June 4, the Washington International Trade Association held a webinar on COVID-19 and USMCA: The Pandemic and Implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The panelists discussed the entry into force of the USMCA on July 1. Topics included a period of penalty-free adjustment and transition for the automotive industry in preparation for implementation, the delays caused by Covid-19 … Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Holds Webinar on Protecting Supply Chains During Coronavirus

On Tuesday, May 19th the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a webinar on Protecting Supply Chains During Coronavirus. The webinar featured a series of panelists discussing the future of supply chains, safeguarding medical supply chains, and DHS efforts to manage the crisis. The first panel featured representatives from the trade industry discussing methods for supporting … Read more

CBP Announces New USMCA Center to Help Trade Community

On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force. CBP recently announced the opening of a new USMCA Center to assist in implementation of the agreement. The center will allow CBP to communicate with the trade community at large, “including traders, brokers, freight forwarders and producers” on operational, legal, and other coordination … Read more

Int’l Chamber of Commerce, World Customs Org. Issue Call for Int’l Coordination in COVID

Customs plays a key role in mitigating the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring the efficient and expeditious flow off essential goods such as medical equipment and food supplies across the border. On April 27, the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Customs Organization issued a joint statement calling for “a coordinated … Read more

Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (COAC) quarterly meeting Recap

On April 15, the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (COAC) held its quarterly meeting. Each subcommittee had the opportunity to present its recommendations to CBP. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee began by sharing updates and recommendations on Intellectual Property Rights, counterfeit goods, and e-commerce. Additionally, the Forced Labor Working Group discussed proof of admissibility for forced … Read more

COVID-19 y el desplome del comercio internacional

El 2020 será el peor año para el intercambio comercial internacional, en los 25 que tiene de existir la Organización Mundial del Comercio. En su informe anual, la institución multilateral señaló que la crisis ocasionada por el covid-19 podría ser un punto de quiebre para la producción globalizada. De acuerdo con la OMC, casi todas … Read more