USMCA Interim Implementing Instructions
COVID-19 or not the United States Mexico Canada agreement’s (USMCA) implementation date is fast approaching. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued Interim Implementing Instructions to provide early guidance on the new requirements under the USMCA, including on claiming USMCA preferential treatment for goods. The Final Implementing Instructions will be released prior to the date the USMCA enters into force.
For the Interim Implementing Instructions click here. Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.
Procedures for the Submission of Petitions by North American Producers of Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks
For the full Federal Register notice, click here.
OFAC Issues Sanctions Programs Guidance and COVID-19
On April 16, 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a detailed Fact Sheet that summarizes existing exemptions and authorizations to provide humanitarian assistance in the context of the Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Ukraine/Russia-related sanctions programs.
OFAC advises financial institutions or other businesses affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic to reach out to OFAC as soon as practicable, if its experiencing delays in its ability to meet deadlines associated with regulatory requirements (e.g., filing blocking and reject reports within ten business days, reports required by general or specific licenses, etc.).
Voluntary Self-Disclosures: OFAC encourages persons to submit Voluntary Self-Disclosures to the email account (OFACdisclosures@treasury.gov) rather than through physical mail. Please refer to OFAC’s Data Delivery Standards for detailed electronic submission guidance.
Important OFAC Contact Information
- Blocking / Reject Reports: 202-622-2490 / 800-540-6322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Administrative Subpoenas: Please contact the case officer identified on the particular administrative subpoena.
- License Reports: 202-622-2480, email@example.com or through the online licensing portal.
- Requests for Reconsideration of a Listing as an SDN (Petitions): Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org