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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into force on July 1, 2020, replacing the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to support mutually beneficial trade between the parties. In this video, Baker McKenzie lawyers from each country share their reflections and the insights they’ve gained during the almost three years since the USMCA took effect.

Julia Webster, Partner in Toronto, discusses an uptick in dispute resolution and how the parties work to achieve favorable trade terms. Meredith DeMent, Partner in Washington, DC, reflects on the trend toward nationalistic tendencies as well as the compliance aspect of free trade agreements. Adriana Ibarra-Fernandez, Partner in Mexico City, shares considerations for companies issuing a certification of origin.

Watch the full video below.


Julia Webster is a disputes and international trade lawyer. She advises companies on trade remedies, free trade agreements, blocking measures, customs compliance, anti-corruption laws, economic sanctions, AML compliance, supply chain ethics, and cross-border M&A.


Meredith DeMent counsels US and multinational companies across industry sectors on all aspects of US customs law. She focuses her practice on rapidly evolving trade policy, customs compliance, and duty mitigation strategies. She was named a rising star in international trade by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides.


Adriana has over twenty years of experience in customs and foreign trade matters. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2001, became National Partner in 2005 and a Principal in 2018. She has prior experience working as legal director of Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Safeguards in the Mexican Ministry of Economy where she participated in the negotiation of several free trade agreements (FTAs) and in the first dispute settlement resolution cases initiated by Mexico against the US under the NAFTA. Adriana has been ranked a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners at Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as well as Legal 500 for ten consecutive years. She was an associate in our Guadalajara and Washington, D.C. offices and currently Heads the Firm’s North America International Commercial Practice Group in Mexico City.

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