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NAFTA vs. USMCA: The North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

David Noah | December 12, 2018 | NAFTA, Free Trade Agreements

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably seen or heard something (maybe a lot of things) about the end of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the beginning of a new trade agreement called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA.

Here’s the most important thing you need to know about free trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico: Nothing has changed! At least, not yet.

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Certificate of Origin Requirements for Exports

Catherine J. Petersen | August 27, 2018 | Free Trade Agreements

Dear Cathy,

We took a few export training sessions with you some time ago. Since our sessions with you, our staff in customer service raised a question about certificates of origin. I was wondering if you could help us.

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When to Use a Certificate of Origin Form for Your Export Shipments

Catherine J. Petersen | June 25, 2018 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

The certificate of origin is a document issued by an exporter that confirms and certifies the country of origin of its products.

The certificate of origin may be a statement added to the commercial invoice that supports the listing of the country of origin by line item. Alternatively, it might be a separate letter or form that incorporates a statement indicating the country of origin is as stated on the commercial invoice, certifies the document is true and correct, and then signed by the exporter’s employee.

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The Challenge Exporters Face in Complying with Free Trade Agreements

David Noah | April 25, 2018 | Free Trade Agreements

When exporters download our free export forms, I am often asked the question: What is the appropriate way to fill out a certificate of origin (COO) if the exporter isn’t the producer of the goods?

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NAFTA Certificate of Origin Filling Software and How to Complete It

David Noah | April 18, 2018 | Export Forms, Free Trade Agreements

If you use the internet regularly, you’ve probably had to deal with one of my pet peeves. It seems like every website I visit wants a unique password and username—one I have to either memorize or write down, so I can refer to it each time I log in. If you don’t have that information handy, or you’re working on a different computer (say, a laptop vs. your desktop), you have to reset your password.

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Why Free Trade Agreements Are Important

David Noah | February 21, 2018 | Free Trade Agreements

If you’ve watched the news, read it online, or opened up a newspaper during the past several months, you’ve undoubtedly seen or read something about the current climate of free trade agreements—specifically President Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA and whether he’ll withdraw from the deal completely.

Many of us involved in exporting are urging the president not to abandon this deal. Free trade agreements like NAFTA are imperative for a growing U.S. economy, and give our country an opportunity to lead in areas like worker rights and the environment. Read on to find out more about why free trade agreements exist and just how they benefit the United States.

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The NAFTA Screen in Shipping Solutions Export Software

Lisa Nemer | March 21, 2017 | Free Trade Agreements, Shipping Solutions News & Tips, Shipping Solutions: Screen By Screen

Today in my continuing series on the Shipping Solutions EZ Start screens, I describe the NAFTA/Other Free Trade Agreements (FTA) screen.

The United States has many FTAs with different countries and regions of the world. Some have specific certificates of origin that are required, and some only require a statement verifying origin. But in most cases, the FTAs are based on the granddaddy of FTAs, which is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA covers over $1 trillion in annual trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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U.S. and Chile Free Trade Agreement: Frequently Asked Questions

Sue Senger | June 10, 2016 | Free Trade Agreements

Ever since the the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was signed, I have received questions from exporters asking how the agreement works and how to qualify their products for preferential duty treatment under the agreement. I have compiled a list of the top 10 questions I have received and provided a short answer for each.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What It Is and How It Benefits the U.S.

David Noah | June 8, 2016 | Free Trade Agreements

Globalization is no longer a “when it happens” issue—it’s already here. We’re living in a time when commerce and trade are more interconnected than ever.

As countries across the globe compete and partner with each other, it’s crucial that the United States leads the way in solidifying its leadership and fostering trade relationships. Moreover, it’s crucial that U.S. businesses—including small to midsize businesses—have clear paths to success in global trade. 

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Correctly Completing the Panama FTA Certificate of Origin

John Goodrich | June 3, 2016 | Free Trade Agreements

Dear John:

My customer wants me to complete a certificate of origin for the Panama Free Trade Agreement. They gave me a form that looks much like the official NAFTA certificate. When I declared the preference criterion, I simply put B in the field. This is because I used the rules from General Note 35 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule that provided for tariff change and regional value content.

My customer rejected my certificate and told me I had to claim B1 or B2 to indicate which part of the General Note 35 rule I had used. I don't understand. I thought I only had to claim A, B, or C preference criteria just like under the NAFTA.

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