SAT, NOV 7AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOAL: NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 27.Ayoze Perez secured Newcastle United’s first away win of the season to take the Magpies out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Perez scored from Newcastle’s only shot on target, with Adam Federici failing to stop his tame effort.The result was very harsh on adominant Bournemouth, who were denied by a string of brilliant saves from Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot.MANCHESTER UNITED 2WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOALS: UNITED: LINGARD 52; MATA PEN 90.Jesse Lingard scored his first goal for Manchester United to take the club into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Lingard curled home from the edge of the box early in thesecond half to give the hosts the lead.Juan Mata then made the win safe from the penalty spot late on after Anthony Martial was fouled by Gareth McAuley, who was sent off.NORWICH CITY 1SWANSEA CITY 0GOAL: NORWICH: HOWSON 70.Norwich City ended a run of four Barclays Premier League defeats as Jonny Howson’s goal earned a narrow victory over Swansea.The midfielder tapped in his first goal of the season after Dieumerci Mbokaniheaded a corner back across goal.Swansea hit the bar through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s clever scooped attempt from Wayne Routledge’s cross.STOKE CITY 1CHELSEA 0GOAL: STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 53.Jose Mourinho’s troubles increased in his absence with Chelsea’s manager powerless as his Barclays Premier League champions slumped to another damaging defeat. Mourinho was forced to watch from Chelsea’s team hotel as he served a one-match stadium ban for his behaviour towards match officials in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham in October. And his team suffered a seventh defeat thanks to Marko Arnautovic’s acrobatic 53rd-minute finish.SUNDERLAND 0SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL: TADIC PEN 69.Southampton extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games as Dusan Tadic’s penalty left Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ronald Koeman’s side bettered exchanges at the Stadium of Light and both Jose Fonte and Steven Davis saw efforts cleared off the line after half-time.The pressure told when Yann M’Vila fouled Ryan Bertrand and Tadic struck a fourth league goal of the season.LEICESTER CITY 2WATFORD 1GOALS: LEICESTER: KANTE 52; VARDY PEN 65. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 75.Jamie Vardy scored for a ninth successive Barclays Premier League game as Leicester beat Watford to go level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.Vardy got Leicester’s second with a penalty after he was tripped by Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian had already gifted Leicester the lead, somehow letting N’Golo KantÈ’s tame shot slip through but a Troy Deeney penalty gave Watford hope.WEST HAM UNITED 1EVERTON 1GOALS: WEST HAM: LANZINI 30. EVERTON: LUKAKU 43.West Ham moved up to fifth in the Premier League despite having to settle for a point at home to Everton. Manuel Lanzini put the Hammers ahead with a superb curling finish after Victor Moses’ shot was blocked.But Romelu Lukaku ran on to Gerard Deulofeu’s perfect pass to level and extend his run of scoring against West Ham to seven successive games. Winston Reid headed over for the Hammers and Lukaku went close late onbut neither side could force a winner.SUN, NOV 8ARSENAL 1TOTTENHAM 1GOALS: ARSENAL: GIBBS 77. SPURS: KANE 32.Arsenal wasted the chance to go two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after coming from behind to steal a draw in the North London derby. With Manchester City held by Aston Villa earlier in the day the Gunners could have gone top but after Harry Kane gave Spurs a 32nd minute lead to take his tally to six goals in four games. But substitute Kieran Gibbs levelled for the Gunners with 13 minutes remaining.ASTON VILLA 0MANCHESTER CITY 0GOALS: NONE.Bottom club Aston Villa held leaders Manchester City to a goalless draw in Remi Garde’s first game as manager. Displaying a new-found defensive solidity, the hosts restricted City well although Raheem Sterling should have scored with a close-range header. Fernando saw a late header hit the bar for the visitors, while substitute Fabian Delph’s low shot rolled just wide.LIVERPOOL 1CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 42. PALACE: BOLASIE 21, DANN 82Jurgen Klopp suffered his first defeat as Liverpool boss with Scott Dann handing Crystal Palace three valuable points. Dann nodded in the winner nine minutes from time after the ball bounced up to him in the area.The visitors had taken the lead through winger Yannick Bolasie, who shot home from inside the box after the Reds failed to clear the ball Philippe Coutinho curled in Liverpool’s goal three minutes before half time following Adam Lallana’s flicked pass.
FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share1David Ruth713email@example.comJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgTrump trade deal bears changes for automotive industry and small-package delivery services, says Baker Institute report HOUSTON – (Feb. 27, 2019) – While the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement makes relatively few significant changes to North American Free Trade Agreement rules, it does incorporate major changes in automotive industry provisions and new rules for imposing tariffs on small-package delivery services, according to a report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Tariffs, Customs and Rules of Origin,” authored by David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at the Baker Institute, “analyzes what most see as the essence of a preferential trade agreement — tariffs, customs and rules of origin issues,” he wrote. The USMCA free trade agreement has been signed but not yet ratified by the three countries.“The U.S. sought to depart from the regional content rules used in NAFTA and other U.S. free trade agreements reached over the past 20 years,” wrote Gantz, who is also the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law and director emeritus of its international trade and business law program. “Rather than NAFTA’s requirement that 62.5 percent of the net cost of the auto be made of North American content, the U.S. initially demanded to raise the threshold to 82.5 percent North American content, of which 50 percent must be from the United States (including steel and aluminum). Due to strong opposition from Mexico during bilateral negotiations in August and September 2018, the United States was forced to compromise. Still, by adding a $16 per hour wage requirement to the agreement … the United States indirectly assured that a higher percentage of total automotive content would be produced in the U.S. (or Canada), given higher wages in the U.S. compared to Mexico.”The final changes would raise the percentage of regional value content for automobiles from 62.5 to 75 percent, Gantz said.“These requirements are to be phased in over three years from the date the USMCA goes into effect,” he wrote. “In addition, 70 percent of the steel used in the manufacture of cars and small trucks must originate in USMCA countries. Most significantly for Mexico, 40 percent of the materials for cars and 45 percent of the content for light trucks must be produced by enterprises that pay workers at least $16 per hour.”Effects on express shipmentsWhen NAFTA was originally negotiated, online shopping barely existed. The minimum value of an imported shipment that is subject to duty collection and customs documentation – known as the de minimis threshold — for the United States was only $200.But by 2017, the number of packages delivered by the U.S. Postal Service had increased from less than a billion in 1992 to 5.7 billion, with most of the spike generated by online sellers such as Amazon.“Given the importance of internet-based shopping today, companies that ship goods from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico, including but not limited to the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon, have long objected to the very low thresholds for expedited customs services and duty exemptions imposed by Mexico and Canada,” Gantz wrote.“Exemption from customs duties and value-added taxes (Mexico) or provincial and national sales taxes (Canada) for small, relatively low-value packages shipped from the United States would facilitate international sales by online retailers in the United States. U.S. law stipulates that shipments worth up to $800 may be imported into the U.S. with expedited processing and without facing customs duties. In significant contrast, these thresholds are currently C$20 (US$15) for packages exported to Canada and $50 for Mexico. These levels often mean that the administrative costs for completing the shipments exceed the value of the goods shipped.”The USMCA requires Mexico to increase these thresholds to $117 for customs duties and $50 for value-added taxes, while Canada’s limits must increase to C$150 (US$112.50) for customs duties and C$40 (US$30) for national sales taxes, Gantz said. Industry spokespersons have expressed disappointment that the U.S. trade negotiators were “unable to secure more ambitious commitments from Canada and Mexico,” according to Gantz’s report. However, they also expressed concern regarding a provision in the USMCA that would permit the United States to decrease the de minimis level for express shipments from Mexico and Canada below $800, effectively in retaliation for their intransigence.“This, according to the industry, would be the wrong response (presumably because U.S. imports from all countries, not just Canada and Mexico, benefit from the relatively high U.S. threshold),” Gantz wrote. “It seems likely given the relative unresponsiveness of Canada and Mexico to U.S. requests that there will be further negotiations among the USMCA parties on de minimis levels in the future.”Changes in the treatment of textiles and clothing and in agricultural products, including the politically sensitive opening of Canada’s dairy market and rules related to geographical indications (such as feta cheese or Champagne), will both be addressed in a later report, Gantz said.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Gantz, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Report: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/6ee1ade5/bi-report-022119-mex-usmca.pdfGantz bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/david-a-gantzFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.