The U.S.–Chile Free Trade Agreement went into force in 2004 with 100 percent of products becoming duty free in 2015. Like all of the free trade agreements the U.S. has entered into with other countries, the responsibility for claiming preferential treatment lies with the importer. However, more often than not, the information needed to support the claim will have to be provided by the producer or exporter of the goods.
A certificate of origin can take many forms, such as a statement on company letterhead, a statement on a commercial invoice or a formal certificate of origin. Shipments valued under $2,500 do not require a certificate of origin or other supporting information of a preferential claim unless the customs authority suspects a claim is fraudulent.
If you generate a certificate of origin for the importer, you should maintain it for a period of at least five years after the date the certificate was issued along with all records and supporting documents related to the origin of the goods.
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