In this month’s Retail Trade Issues:
Deal reached for new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement
Text for a new “USMCA” to replace NAFTA was released on September 30 following Canada’s last-minute inclusion. The deal is expected to be signed on November 30, though it is unlikely that Congress will vote until 2019.
U.S., Japan agree to launch trade agreement talks
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to begin trade talks, but the the goal appears to be much more limited than a trade FTA, with both sides carving out key sectors.
FMC issues interim report on detention/demurrage
As part of its years-long fact-finding investigation of detention and demurrage issues, the FMC report outlined six broad areas for further discussion and development.
California trucking labor bill signed
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the "Dignity in the Driver Seat" bill, which holds shippers liable for the labor violations of their port drayage companies.
Cleaner truck rules at SoCal ports begin October 1
Starting on October 1, trucks entering service at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles must be model year 2014 or newer as part of a “cleaner ports” initiative adopted by the two ports in July of this year.
U.S. China section 301 tariffs, U.S.-Korea free trade agreement, MTB legislation, and East Coast labor agreement.