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On May 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the opening of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Center to help coordinate the implementation of the new agreement which goes into effect on July 1. 

“The Center is integral to the successful implementation of the USMCA, as it will focus on outreach, training, and developing new regulations and procedures, while providing consistency and transparency to the trade community,” said Brenda Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Trade. “This all comes down to making sure that American consumers get their goods safely, securely and predictably, while protecting the economic security of the United States.” 

According to the release, the USMCA Center will host staff who are “experts on the trade provisions of USMCA, providing guidance to private and public sector stakeholders.” 

Additional information about the agreement, compliance guidance, and implementation efforts may be found on the agency’s USMCA webpage. Inquiries for the USMCA Center can be directed to USMCA@cbp.dhs.gov.