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U.S. - Korea Certificate of Origin

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What is a U.S.-Korea Certificate of Origin?


The U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement, sometimes referred to as KORUS, 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.

A Korea Certificate of Origin Should Include:

  • The name and contact information for the exporter, importer and producer of the goods.
  • A product ID and description of the goods including the six-digit Harmonized System or Schedule B code.
  • The quantity and unit of measure for each item.
  • The preference criteria used to qualify goods under the FTA.
  • The country of origin of the goods.
  • The signature and contact information of the person certifying that the goods qualify under KORUS.

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