The U.S. – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) entered into force on May 15, 2012. 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.
While there is no required form for certifying origin, there are basic data elements that must be included and a sample certificate of origin form that includes those data elements has been provided.
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 of importation along with all records and supporting documents related to the origin of the goods.
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