MCALLEN, Texas – Jorge Torres, president of Interlink Trade Services, gave his analysis of the new USMCA trade agreement recently, via a webinar hosted by the McAllen Economic Development Corporation.

Torres has been a licensed customs broker for 25 years and has worked with maquiladora and customs brokerage operations for 30 years.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement took effect July 1, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement. 

Jorge Torres

The webinar was titled USMCA: A New Beginning in Cross-Border Trade. Topics covered by Torres during the webinar included:

  • Key Aspects of the Transition from NAFTA to USMCA
  • General Overview of the USMCA Rules of Origin for Automotive and Textile Products
  • Certification of Origin Requirements
  • General Overview of USMCA Origin Verifications and Record keeping.

More than 200 people signed up to watch the webinar. Keith Patridge, president and CEO of McAllen EDC, said his organization has been getting a plaudits for putting on the event.

Patridge said a counterpart in another economic development corporation in the Rio Grande Valley told him it was the best webinar on USMCA he has heard.

“Interlink and MEDC believe it is essential to help educate the members of our trade community and clients on the benefits of conducting business within our region under the new USMCA,” Patridge said. 

Interlink Trade Services has offices in McAllen/Pharr and Brownsville, Texas. Its founder Torres holds a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a Master of Professional Accounting from Texas A&M International University.

Here is a podcast of the webinar:


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