Canada Logistics Conference 2019  -  Learning Sessions  -  USMCA and Trade Policy Changes

Trade Policy Changes

Best practices for managing your supply chain in the face of a new age of trade policy, resulting in a new kind of trade agreement

Friday, October 25 • 11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Over the past decades, supply chains have become tightly integrated, spurred by the principles of free trade. Now, there is tremendous uncertainty clouding North American commerce. Blind reliance on supply chain strategies that were successful in the past can result in unanticipated costs and losses due to escalating tariffs.

There are certainly high operational costs associated with re-thinking and modifying supply chains, but in the face of ongoing trade wars and renegotiated trade agreements based upon manage trade, industry must look for and adopt new strategies to minimize tariffs. Passing costs onto consumers or cutting corners with compliance are tempting tactics, but may adversely impact your business.

This session offers strategies for coping these trade policies, which are described by White House officials as “bold, creative and disruptive.”  You’ll learn proven strategies for reducing tariffs and avoiding customs problems, and gain insight into contractual provisions that can mitigate the effects of a fluctuating trade environment.


Louis Amato-Gauci
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

Louis Amato-Gauci is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto (Canada), where he provides international trade, customs and transport regulatory advice to importers, carriers and logistics providers, including with regard to tariff classification, origin, seizures, ascertained forfeiture and AMPS, trade compliance verifications, and preferential tariff treatment under free trade agreements.  He assists clients in the negotiation of international sale of goods agreements, and frequently advises shippers, carriers, warehouse operators and 3PLs in connection with logistics, supply and distribution agreements. He also serves as lead counsel on mid-market M&A and financing transactions.

Louis is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. 1995; J.D.1998), and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000.  Member of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association (President 2008-2009); Transportation Lawyers Association (US); Association of Transportation Law Professionals (Publications Committee); Can/Am Border Trade Alliance; and Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.  Recognized in 2018 Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada - Trade (Most Frequently Recommended); Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory - Transportation (Road and Rail); The Best Lawyers in Canada® - Aviation Law and Transportation Law; and Chambers and Partners - Transportation: Rail & Road – Canada.  Received Best Lawyers Transportation Law "Lawyer of the Year" award for 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

Alejandro Garcia Seimandi
Partner, Garcia Seimandi & Associates 

Attorney at Law graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in 1996, with the thesis “The Mexican Customs Tariff System”. He is certified in tariff classification by the Mexican Ministry of Education and has attended tariff classification training at the World Customs Organization. 

His practice is devoted to Mexican customs, import duty and international trade matters, especially in: tariff classification, customs valuation, IMMEX temporary imports, free trade agreements, antidumping fees, sanitary registry and permits. He has wide experience in legal advisory, customs due diligence, compliance review, advisory during customs authority audits, representing clients in administrative and judicial proceedings (customs administrative procedures, administrative appeals, tax-lawsuits, constitutional trial), assisting clients on filing administrative requests concerning international trade and customs matters before various authorities (importer’s registry, sanitary registry, origin certificates, permits). 
He is member of the Board of the Mexican Corporate Counsel Association (ANADE). He is part of the Tariff Classification Council of the Mexican Tax Administration Service (SAT). He has been appointed as panelist under Chapter XIX of the North America Free Trade Agreement. He is also a member of the Mexican Bar and the International Chamber of Commerce and participates in the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants. 

He has taught customs topics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and the Escuela de Clasificación Arancelaria. He has given conferences on trade and customs topics at the above mentioned institutions and at the Asociación de Maquiladoras y Exportadoras de Chihuahua, the National Association of Importers and Exporters, the U.S.- Mexico Law Institute, and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, among others. Coauthor of the book Conocimientos básicos de Comercio Exterior published by the Mexican Institute of Public Accountants. He has published articles in specialized magazines such as Práctica Fiscal, IMMEXPORTA and Estrategia Aduanera, as well as in newspapers as El Economista and Excélsior. 

Evelyn Suarez
Partner, the Suarez Firm

Evelyn Suarez provides legal and consulting services to companies engaged in international trade, particularly related to customs, anti-corruption and trade policy. She assists clients with a wide array of issues from those arising at the border in dealing with Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to interpreting changes in U.S. trade policy, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA/ USMCA), modifications to the Korea-U.S. Trade Agreement (KORUS), Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs and Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. Over the years, she has helped clients with import and export compliance and enforcement in various industries and has worked with all segments of the international trade community, including importers, exporters, customs brokers, transportation and logistics companies.

Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies and in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters. Ms. Suarez spent her early professional career at the U.S. International Trade Commission and at the predecessor agency to U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

Today, Ms. Suarez is a frequent speaker on current trade policy impact on trade and tariffs. She is a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and serves on the Virginia Maritime Association Board, the Advisory Council to George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research, Old Dominion University’s Maritime Port and Logistics Management Institute and on the Advisory Board to Georgetown University Law Center International Trade Update.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Douglass College at Rutgers University and her juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. A member of the District of Columbia Bar, she is also admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade and as a “Super Lawyer” in International Trade law in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine.

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