It should also be noted that the eligibility of motor vehicles at preferential rates under the USMCA has an impact on two additional requirements that importers must certify that they have met. First, there is a new metric, the Value Laboratory (LVC), which was created to ensure a level playing field for producers throughout the free trade area and requires that a certain percentage of imported goods be manufactured in establishments that pay at least $16 per hour. Second, 70% of the automaker`s annual purchases of steel and aluminum must come from North America. Under President Trump`s leadership, the United States and Japan agreed on early outcomes of negotiations on market access for certain agricultural and industrial products, as well as digital trade. The United States looks forward to continuing negotiations with Japan for a comprehensive agreement that would address the remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers and ensure fairer and more balanced trade.  ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/agreements/FTA/USMCA/Text/UniformRegulationsRulesofOrigin.pdf importers should continue to label GSP-eligible imports with the Special Program Indicator “A” and pay normal tariffs (Column 1) until the Act comes into force on April 22, 2018, which excludes the payment of tariffs for automated business environment programming (ACE). DLA Piper has experience navigating free trade agreements and CBP rules and regulations. If you have any questions about the USMCA or the authorization of your imported products at reduced USMCA rates, please contact the authors. Folk agreements simply waive the quota and visa requirement. You are not waiving customs obligations.
 See the President`s full proclamation on www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-take-certain-actions-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement-implementation-act-purposes/  See also the President`s proclamation mentioned in the footnote above. SPI `M` note: the processing of quotas or visas is circumvented if M is claimed on a line.