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When Should You Refuse to Complete the NAFTA Certificate of Origin?

David Noah | June 19, 2019 | NAFTA

At some point the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might be replaced by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), although at this point we don't know if and when that will happen.

As of now, however, NAFTA is still the free trade agreement in force between the three countries. You should continue to do everything your company is currently doing to take advantage of duty-free trade under NAFTA.

But the decision to participate in NAFTA is not always a slam dunk. Because of its complexity and specificity, NAFTA can become more burdensome than it is useful for those tasked with computing whether or not their goods are eligible for preferential duty rates.

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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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Understanding the NAFTA Rules of Origin

Sue Senger | May 23, 2018 | NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created to ensure that goods traded among Canada, Mexico and the United States receive preferential tariff treatment. The NAFTA grants benefits and reduces tariffs only on goods that qualify under the NAFTA Rules of Origin.

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Get the Latest NAFTA Certificate of Origin

Lisa Nemer | August 2, 2017 | NAFTA, Shipping Solutions News & Tips

The expiration date in the upper-right corner of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin has been a bit of a moving target lately. However, it seems that the political dust has settled enough for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to push the date out to April 30, 2020.

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When Should Exporters Use a NAFTA Certificate of Origin Form

Sue Senger | February 13, 2017 | NAFTA, Export Forms

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) grants preferential tariff treatment on goods traded between the United States, Canada and Mexico. As part of this agreement, the three countries created a uniform NAFTA Certificate of Origin that importers must possess to qualify for preferential tariff treatment.

The Certificate of Origin summarizes the importer's claim that goods qualify as originating and should receive preferential tariff treatment.  View a sample of a completed NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

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Verifying NAFTA Origin: The Customs Audit

Sue Senger | September 30, 2016 | NAFTA

In order to make a claim that goods exported and imported between the United States, Canada and Mexico are eligible for preferential tariff treatment under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the exporter or producer of the goods must complete a NAFTA Certificate of Origin that summarizes this claim.

While the importer of the goods must possess the valid Certificate of Origin when they make their claim, the exporter or producer of the goods must retain their records for a minimum of five years after they sign a certificate. These records include all documentation that they use to help make the determination that the goods qualify under NAFTA.

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Preparing a NAFTA Certificate of Origin for Your Domestic Orders

Sue Senger | September 9, 2016 | NAFTA

The United States has entered into many free trade agreements that benefit both exporters and importers. In order to receive those benefits, exporters must certify that their products qualify with the provisions of those agreements. For example, when an exporter provides a NAFTA Certificate of Origin to their buyer, they are certifying that their goods qualify for reduced or free duty under the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) agreement.

When a shipment occurs within the United States, companies must realize that their domestic shipment may become international. When your domestic customer takes your products and sell them internationally as either a finished product or as a component of a larger product, they must provide their foreign buyer with country of origin information.

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NAFTA Rules of Origin—Advance Rulings

Sue Senger | August 19, 2016 | NAFTA

Since I began writing articles about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) over 10 years ago, I have received numerous questions from readers about whether or not their specific products qualify for preferential duty under the NAFTA Rules of Origin.

If in doubt, importers, exporters and producers of goods can (and should) obtain advance rulings from the Customs Administrations of Canada, Mexico and the United States for importations of goods into each country under NAFTA.

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The Commercial Invoice Has 12 Essential Data Fields for NAFTA

Sue Senger | July 25, 2016 | NAFTA, Export Forms

Exporters often ask me what information to include on their export documents. In my next series of articles, I will address what documents are required for NAFTA countries along with some helpful hints to smooth the entry process into Canada and Mexico.

I’ll start this series with the commercial invoice.

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The NAFTA Producer Solicitation: The Producer Responds

John Goodrich | June 27, 2016 | NAFTA

In our last installment, a NAFTA participant issued a lengthy diatribe berating his producers for poor NAFTA documentation. Upon receiving this letter, the producers responded in kind.

Following is a summary of the responses received.

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