14. Section 1206 (a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (public law 100-418, 102 stat. 1107, 1151 (19 U.S.C. 3006 (a) ) authorizes the President to announce changes to the HTS on the basis of the Commission`s recommendations under Section 1205 of the 1988 Act (19 P.C 3005) when the President notes that the amendments are underway in accordance with U.S. obligations under the International Convention on the harmonized system of description and coding of goods (“Convention” and not at odds with the national economic interests of the United States. Collmann Griffin is a partner in the International Department of Miller – Chevalier and focuses on the fight against corruption and international trade law. The USMCA will not impose direct obligations on businesses or individuals. Instead, the free trade agreement will require the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States to adopt or maintain certain standards to prevent and criminalize corruption, including new laws targeting businesses and individuals if necessary. As many have noted, Chapter 27`s anti-corruption measures come largely from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which the United States formally withdrew in January 2017. The USMCA chapter on anti-corruption will require countries to take (1) anti-corruption measures, (2) to effectively implement these measures, (3) to promote the integrity of civil servants and (4) to promote active private sector participation in the fight against corruption in international trade. Use Chapter 27 to streamline compliance programs – When the USMCA comes into force, the U.S., Mexico and Canada will be required to harmonize all national anti-corruption laws and practices that do not comply with the agreement. This harmonization should ideally help create more consistent expectations of prosecutors and regulators in the United States, Mexico and Canada, allowing companies to streamline the guidelines and procedures that needed to be tailored to the jurisdiction. In anticipation of this harmonization, companies and compliance experts in the region can use Chapter 27 to begin streamlining their compliance programs in each of these countries to meet USMCA`s anti-corruption standards.
19. I found that, in accordance with Section 201 of the USSFTA Act and Section 1206 ades of the 1988 Act, changes to the HTS are necessary or proportionate to ensure the maintenance of the tariff and certain other treatments granted to native products in the tariff categories amended in Proclamation 9549 and to carry out the tariff terms announced in Proclamation 7747. 28. The United States and Korea agreed to amend a certain rule of origin under the KORUS and to apply the amended rule to their bilateral trade. On August 14, 2019, in accordance with Section 104 of the KORUS Act, the USTR presented a report to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee outlining the proposed amendment to the specific textile rule of KORUS incorporated into the HTS. The consultation and transition period under Section 104 expired on October 14, 2019. 20. On 22 November 2006, the United States concluded the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (USCTPA) and, on June 28, 2007, the United States and Colombia, USCTPA.