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The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

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Overall Objective

Learn how to properly qualify your products under CUSMA rules and guidelines, how to manage your CUSMA certifications of origin as well as how to implement recordkeeping practices that can withstand an origin audit by CBSA or by U.S. CBP.


3 Hours




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Essential plus

The Canada-United States-Mexico-Agreement (CUSMA) has been in effect since July 1, 2020. Many North American importers and exporters intuitively claim the CUSMA preferential treatment without the goods having undergone a thorough origin analysis beforehand, as is prescribed by the CUSMA rules of origin and origin procedures. If you do not fully understand CUSMA, your company could either miss out on profitable tariff reduction opportunities or it may be subjecting itself to costly penalties, reassessments of duties and taxes on retroactive customs transactions in the event a Customs agency overturns your CUSMA preference claim.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, reference materials and real-life examples, our customs expert will cover the following topics:

  • The basics of all Canadian free trade agreements
  • A general overview of CUSMA
  • Understanding CUSMA origin criteria
  • CUSMA origin analysis (Classification, Solicitation, Qualification, Certification)
  • CUSMA rules of origin
  • Rules for special sectors (Chemicals, Iron & Steel, Textiles & Apparel, Agricultural, Automotive)
  • Finer points of origination (Accumulation, De Minimis, Repairs & Returns, Sets)
  • Proof of origin requirements – The CUSMA certification of origin
  • Recordkeeping under CUSMA
  • CBSA and U.S. CBP audit provisions and penalties
Who can benefit from this training?
  • Employees of Canadian importers, who import goods from the USA or Mexico
  • Employees of Canadian manufacturers and/or exporters, who export goods to the USA or Mexico
  • Employees of Canadian companies, who act as non-resident importers of record in the USA (i.e. Canadian companies who handle customs clearance of their exported goods through U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Specific objectives
  • Understand the basics of CUSMA and know when to use it and when not to use it
  • Know how to qualify your own products under CUSMA
  • Learn how to verify CUSMA certifications issued by other North American suppliers or producers
  • Discover best practices that will help you improve your customs skills and ensure compliance with CUSMA
  • Know how to avoid sanctions and punitive measures from North American customs agencies
Additional notes
  • CUSMA designates the Canada-United States-Mexico-Agreement.
  • This term is synonymous with USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement), which is the designation used in the United States .
  • In Mexico, they use the term T-MEC (Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá).
  • In French Canada, they use the term ACEUM (Accord Canada-États-Unis-Mexique).
  • All these terms refer to the same free trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.
  • In July 2020, CUSMA replaced the former NAFTA agreement.

Participants in our training programs will receive a handy reference booklet.
Please note that customized training or coaching is also available upon request.

For more information, call : 1.514.368.2637 x112

our instructors

Marc Ticehurst

Customs and Trade Policy Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in customs brokerage, transportation and logistics, Marc has acquired a solid expertise in improving logistics and customs performance for Canadian importers and exporters. Customer relationship management, consulting and business development are subjects that fascinate him.

His in-depth knowledge of customs rules and programs and international agreements make Marc a valuable advisor to all W2C clients.

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