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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) became effective on January 1, 2004. At that time, more than 85 percent of two-way trade in consumer and industrial goods became duty free. In fact, as of January 1, 2015, all qualifying products are now duty free.
To take advantage of the benefits for U.S. goods under this agreement, exporters will need to understand how to determine that their goods are originating or qualify for preferential duty treatment under the U.S.-Chile FTA Rules of Origin.