NAFTA Basics for Textiles & Apparel: Best Practices for Successful Compliance Reviews


Customs authorities from the U.S., Canada and Mexico have been conducting significant numbers of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) verifications of importers, exporters and raw material suppliers in all three NAFTA countries. In addition to large shippers, many small and medium sized enterprises companies are receiving verification notices with tight timelines to respond and support NAFTA claims.

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on pertinent NAFTA for textiles and apparel topics, including:

– Overview of textile and apparel rules of origin under NAFTA;
– Tariff Preference Levels (TPLs);
– Completing NAFTA Certificates properly;
– Recordkeeping requirements;
– Timelines for responding to verification requests; and
– Best practices for documents to verify NAFTA claims.

The 1.5 hour webinar, present by Elise Shibles, will also include an interactive question and answer session during which participants can raise issues specific to their respective textile products.

A resident of Sandler Travis & Rosenberg’s San Francisco office, Ms. Shibles served for over 10 years with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As a specialist in textile and apparel policy, she participated in the negotiation of numerous free trade agreements, helped develop legislation and regulations to implement free trade agreements and preference programs, and trained foreign industry and government representatives on rules of origin and assisted with compliance efforts including foreign factory inspections.

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