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Mandate

Article 30.6.3 of the Agreement establishes the Secretariat comprising the Canadian Section, the Mexican Section and the United States Section. The mandate of the Secretariat is set out in Article 30.6.3 of the Agreement and reads:

The Secretariat shall:

  1. provide assistance to the Commission;
  2. provide administrative assistance to:
    1. panels and committees established under Section D of Chapter 10 (Review and Dispute Settlement in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Matters), and
    2. panels established under Chapter 31 (Dispute Settlement), including under Annex 31-A (United States-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism) and Annex 31-B (Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism);
  3. be responsible for the payment of remuneration to and expenses of panels and committees established under Section D of Chapter 10 (Review and Dispute Settlement in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Matters) and panelists, assistants, and experts involved in dispute settlement proceedings under Chapter 31 (Dispute Settlement), including under Annex 31-A (United-States-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism) and Annex 31-B (Canada-Mexico Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism); and
  4. as the Commission may direct:
    1. support the work of other committees and groups established under this Agreement, and
    2. otherwise facilitate the operation of this Agreement.

Please visit the following website for information on the U.S. Section's mandate beyond the Agreement.

Trade Agreements Secretariat

In the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of these agreements, the United States Section of the Secretariat provides professional and advisory support to panels and committees, acts as registrar for dispute settlement panels, coordinates all panel proceedings, and manages all financial aspects of the process.

Contact Us

USMCA Secretariat,
U.S. Section

Room 2061
1401 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

Telephone No.: 202-482-5438

Fax No.: 202-482-0148

E-mail: usa@can-mex-usa-sec.org

Business hours

Business hours

Monday to Friday9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Saturday and SundayClosed
Legal holidays

Legal holidays

New Year’s DayJanuary 1
Martin Luther King's BirthdayThird Monday in January (January 15)
Washington’s BirthdayThird Monday in February (February 19)
Memorial DayLast Monday in May (May 27)
Juneteenth National Independence DayJune 19
Independence DayJuly 4
Labor DayFirst Monday in September (September 3)
Columbus DaySecond Monday in October (October 14)
Veterans' DayNovember 11
Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November (November 28)
Christmas DayDecember 25

* If a holiday falls on a Saturday, for most Federal employees, the preceding Friday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).) If a holiday falls on a Sunday, for most Federal employees, the following Monday will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See Section 3(a) of Executive Order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

Personnel

Vidya DesaiSecretary
Jamie MerrimanDeputy Secretary
Grace HickeyInternational Trade Specialist
Daniel ShinProgram Support Specialist
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