The Dominican Republic-Central America- United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force for the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in 2006, for the Dominican Republic in 2007, and for Costa Rica in 2009. As a result of the FTA, 100 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial goods exported to the CAFTA-DR countries are no longer subject to tariffs. Tariffs on nearly all U.S. agricultural products will be phased out by 2020. To be eligible for tariff-free treatment under the FTA, products must meet the relevant rules of origin.
Despite the fact that the ultimate responsibility for claiming preferential treatment lies with the importer, information needed to support the claim for preferential treatment may need to be provided by the producer. The certification that the goods are originating may be produced by the exporter, importer or producer of the goods.
If someone other than the producer (such as the exporter) issues the certification, it must be based upon either:
While no official form is required to demonstrate eligibility for preferential tariff treatment under the CAFTA-DR, a sample form has been provided by CAFTA countries, and there is a list of information that must be included.
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