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Webinar USMCA Labor & Trade

25 May , 2020  

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Webinar: USMCA Labor Chapter & Trade

On June 2nd, 2020 the free webinar on “Labor & Trade: Is Mexico ready for USMCA’s Labor Chapter?” will take place organized by the US-Mexico Bar Association, in conjunction with VTZ.

Labor & Trade: Is Mexico ready for USMCA’s Labor Chapter?

The members of the panel will discuss the results of USMCA’s labor chapter, the rapid response mechanism as well as whether there is any other labor-related risk to Mexico-US international trade relation. Next, the panel will turn to the recent amendments to Mexican labor law related to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Taking into account the response mechanism and current labor environment in Mexico, the Panel will discuss whether the “priority sectors” are taking the necessary steps to minimize labor-related trade risks? Finally, members of the panel will discuss the future relationship between trade and labor lawyers, including cross borders.

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The panel, experts in Trade or Labor law.

Ricardo Aranda from the Mexican Ministry of Economy

Ricardo Aranda Girard is Director General for International Trade Disciplines in the Under-Secretariat for Foreign Trade of Mexico’s Secretariat of Economy. Ricardo was the Mexican negotiator in charge of the Environment and Labor Chapters of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). He has also been responsible for the negotiations of the Environment Chapter of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the TBT chapters of the Pacific Alliance, the Mexico-Panama Free Trade Agreement, and the Mexico-Cuba Partial Scope Agreement.

Gabriela Peregrina from Deforest Abogados

Gabriela Peregrina is a partner at Deforest Abogados, her practice focuses on Labor Law. Gabriela has experience in labor litigation, audits, subcontracting, training workshops, as well as negotiating with different unions in Mexico.

Olga Torres from Torres Law

Olga Torres is the Managing Member of Torres Law, PLLC. Ms. Torres concentrates her practice in the areas of international trade and national security law, anti-corruption compliance, and Customs matters. In the area of customs, Ms. Torres advises clients on import compliance matters, including customs rulings, classification, country of origin, special duty programs such as NAFTA, focused assessments, C-TPAT, and seizures of goods by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also assists with antidumping/countervailing duty matters before the Import Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Emilio Arteaga from VTZ

Emilio Arteaga Vázquez, Antidumping, Comercio Internacional, Abogado

Emilio Arteaga, VTZ junior partner and member of the USMBA, will be the moderator of this webinar. Mr. Arteaga’s practice specializes in international trade and business, such as anti-dumping, rules of origin, origin checks, non-tariff restrictions, international contracts, among other topics.

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USMCA developments and Mexico-China Business Forum – The Trading Room

20 Dec , 2019  

USMCA, Labor Attachés, Labor Law enforcement, Rapid Response Mechanism,

USMCA in a Week

A few days after the protocol amending USMCA was signed, a new controversy arose between Mexico and the USA at the weekend due to USMCA’s implementing act in the USA. 

In essence, Mexican negotiator, Jesus Seade, wrote a letter stating that Mexico considered that the legislation went “beyond” the protocol since the USA was considering to include “labor inspectors” in Mexico. 

In response, USTR mentioned that the USMCA’s authorized “domestic measures” such as having “Attachés”. In fact, US attachés currently operate in Mexico in different sectors or matters, such as agricultural, commerce, among others.  

How will the US Attachés function?

The existence of a maximum of 5 labor Attachés is planned, according to the USTR response and US legislation. The Attachés “will work with their Mexican counterparts, workers, and civil society groups on implementation of the Mexican labor reform, including by providing technical assistance and disbursing capacity building funds, and provide assistance to the new U.S. government interagency labor committee.” 

Undersecretary Seade thanked the “clarity” of USTR’s response, considered that the Attachées will be 90% harmless and pointed out that the Attachées would abide by Mexican law.

Rapid Response Mechanism

The Modification Protocol to USMCA provides for Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, which will operate independently.

Our labor expert, Rafael Alday, prepared an alert (only available in Spanish), addressing this mechanism briefly.

Under this context, it is clear that Mexico will have comprehensive monitoring of compliance with labor laws, particularly on unions and collective bargaining rights. In the same vein, Ricardo Ramírez, a former member of the WTO Appellate Body, said that never before a system so intrusive and with strict surveillance of labor legislation in another country had been established.

A Strong First Step

On Tuesday, the USMCA implementation act was approved by the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, meanwhile, the House approved the act yesterday. Now, the Senate needs to vote on the act, but this will occur after the impeachment process that US President Donald Trump is facing according to media outlets.

The Mexican Minister of Economy mentioned in Twitter that the US Senate will vote on January 2020.  






Mexico-China Business Forum

This Monday, VTZ and Adrián Vázquez participated in the Mexico-China Economic and Commercial Cooperation Forum organized by the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (acronym COMCE) and the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). Detailed information about the plenary is available here.





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