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Mexico and Brazil Considering Key Reforms

Mexico and Brazil Considering Key Reforms

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA and Gustavo Domínguez Poo, Director, Latin America, NEMA On August 23, the Economy Secretary of Mexico announced an initiative that could result in the replacement of the country’s Federal Metrology and Standardization Law with a new Law on Quality Infrastructure (LIQ). In summary, the proposal aims to reduce the time needed to develop new Read more […]

Some Products Escape China Tariffs

Some Products Escape China Tariffs

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA Although the Administration has continued to raise import tariffs on Chinese goods as part of its effort to reach an agreement on changes to a series of policies and practices that disadvantage U.S. companies there, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has excluded many NEMA scope products in response to requests from importers. Read more […]

Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Ricardo Vazquez, Mexico Manager, NEMA and Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As part of the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, federal agencies will seek to harmonize their energy conservation Standards and test procedures for regulated products. With the goals of increasing energy efficiency and facilitating market  access, the three national Read more […]

NAFTA 2.0 on Congressional Agenda

NAFTA 2.0 on Congressional Agenda

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As you read this, Congress should be moving forward with approval of legislation to implement the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), negotiated by the Administration with our neighbors and partners in 2018 to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Building on NAFTA, the USMCA contains a series of market access and Read more […]

China’s Standards Strategy

China’s Standards Strategy

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As U.S. and Chinese trade officials resumed negotiations in July over tariffs, technology, and protection of intellectual property, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Standards and Investment Policy brought to light a paper by a unit of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) on SAC’s engagement in and plans for international Read more […]

Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Brian Marchionini, NEMA Senior Program Manager, speaks at the Power Africa Clean Energy Standards Program workshop on energy storage in South Africa in February. For the Western Hemisphere, the Administration launched the America Crece energy initiative in 2018 (“crece” is Spanish for “it grows”). Led by the Treasury Department but involving six additional agencies, the initiative promotes economic Read more […]