When dealing with global trade, few things are straight-forward. Trade is governed by a web of agreements and is subject to volatile events and happenstances that are often beyond the control of its participants.
In the United States, one of the most crucial mechanisms for trade is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This agreement, the successor to the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is critical for businesses in securing supply chains and enabling them to resupply on time.
The Arkansas District Export Council is offering a new webinar focused on USMCA to provide a broader understanding of the agreement and its provisions. Entitled “USMCA: The Near-Shoring and Re-Shoring Solution,” this webinar will feature four global trade experts who will clarify USMCA and explain how it impacts businesses.
These experts will discuss the modifications made to USMCA that impact rules of origin, agricultural market access, intellectual property, digital trade, financial services, and labor. Through this webinar, the Arkansas District Export Council aims to help Arkansas businesses better utilize the USMCA and improve supply chain strategies.
The experts will include Dina Santos, Alejandro Rojas, Ernesto Pinal and Rudy Ortiz. Santos is the Canadian Consul and Trade Commissioner of Canada in Dallas, Texas. In this capacity, she oversees the country’s trade efforts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Rojas is a trade and business development manager with MSquare Consultants in Mexico and previously was the chief economist for public and private agencies in Mexico and Canada. Pinal is a global business expansion consultant and is a board member of the National Association of District Export Councils. Ortiz is the chairman of the Arkansas District Export Council and works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, assisting companies with international business and exporting needs.
The webinar will be held Dec. 10, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Participants must register to attend. Click here to register.