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The New USMCA: Key Issues, Challenges And Impact

This audio interview features attorney Leslie A. Glick, an attorney specializing in International Trade and Customs.

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GlobalAutoIndustry.com’s latest Audio Interview “The New USMCA: Key Issues, Challenges, and Impact on the Global Automotive Industry,” features Leslie Alan Glick. Glick is co-chair of the Butzel Long International Trade and Customs Specialty team. He is a specialist in international trade and customs for more than 30 years and is the author of five books on international trade and customs topics, including NAFTA and USMCA. He has given a series of seminars on USMCA-NAFTA 2.0. He is active in importer response to new tariffs under sections 232 and 301 (has filed over 50 exclusion requests for clients) as well as complex country of origin rulings. He works with U.S. importers and exporters from Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Austria, France, Germany, China, Turkey, Japan and Vietnam.

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In the 18-minute Audio Interview, Glick discusses these questions:

  • Can you tell us about the USMCA negotiation process and what took place between the parties and in the U.S. Congress?
  • What do you see as the main differences between NAFTA and USMCA?
  • What is the impact of these changes on US auto makers and suppliers. Are they better off or worse?
  • What do you see as the changes that will result in the US auto industry as a result of USMCA?
  • What would be your advice to auto parts suppliers located in Mexico and Canada and in other countries?

About Leslie Alan Glick:

Shareholder and attorney, Butzel Long

Leslie Alan Glick is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C., office and is co-chair of the International Trade and Customs Specialty Team. Glick has extensive experience in the areas of international trade and customs law. He has handled major international trade cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Court of International Trade, including numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases, and unfair trade practice investigations under section 232 (national security) and 337 (intellectual property) of the trade laws. In addition, he has handled cases arising under the U.S. Customs laws involving classification, valuation, country of origin marking and customs fraud, and gray market and supply chain security issues (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism).

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Les assists U.S. and foreign clients with compliance with laws and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)I n relation to food products, meat and poultry, plants, medical devices and the importation of pharmaceutical and biological materials as well as consumer product safety and automotive product regulation and recalls(NHTSA and FMVSA). Les has also handled issues with alcoholic beverage imports involving the U.S. Treasury Department Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau involving beer and wine imports from Italy, and sake from Japan. Les has represented one of the largest importers of dietary supplements into the United States and assisted them in reclassification of their product as a vitamin that saved millions of dollars in customs duties. He has worked with a large dietary supplement producer in the US and Mexico on various FDA labeling issues and with one of the largest food importers from Mexico on various FDA issues involving registrations, labeling, detentions, HACCP and product recalls. He has assisted a large US pharmaceutical producer with issues concerning imported Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API). Glick had been a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute and served on the Dietary Supplements Committee and published several articles in their magazine “UPDATE” on the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and other topics. Les has also handled USDA issues involving meat products and assisted in preventing a recall of meat-based products sold by a restaurant chain and retailer

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Glick has been active in developing customs compliance programs for many U.S. corporations. He is the author of books on customs law and NAFTA, and he has been widely consulted by companies and trade associations in regard to U.S./Mexico legal questions involving imports, exports, investment, transportation and other areas. He has represented exporters and importers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, India, Italy Indonesia, Japan, Peru, and Thailand. He also has served as counsel to a Congressional sub-committee and has handled matters relating to legislation. Les is a registered lobbyist and has been active in lobbying on trade matters for companies in the automotive, food industry and others.  In addition, Les counsels clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has developed compliance programs for U.S companies and conduct FCPA compliance audits for a major defense contractor of its agents in Mexico and Colombia. He also has handled sanctions issues under the Office of Foreign Assets Control involving Cuba and Russia. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason University Law School (University of Virginia) and the University of Baltimore (University of Maryland).

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GlobalAutoIndustry.com is the leading global business intelligence source for the automotive industry, connecting the worldwide automotive OEM and supplier industry with the resources to effectively do business globally. Through the web site, www.GlobalAutoIndustry.com, automotive executives can find insight, solutions and strategies focused on doing business in the world’s top automotive markets. The Company offers weekly Audio Interviews and eJournal newsletters addressing important international business and operational challenges for industry professionals.  The Audio Interviews are available to over 1,000,000 automotive industry professionals worldwide, including syndicated through WardsAuto, aftermarketNews, ETAuto (The Economic Times of India), TU Automotive, MEXICONOW, BORDERNOW, and HORSEPOWER.

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