Understanding the NAFTA Rules of Origin (2023)

Understanding the NAFTA Rules of Origin (1)

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.

Editor's Note: On July 1, 2020, the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced NAFTA as the free trade agreement among the three trading parties. The new agreement modernizes NAFTA and addresses topics that were less relevant in 1994, such as ecommerce and the flow of international data.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says it also strengthens the Rules of Origin including for autos and automobile parts and other industrial products such as chemicals, steel-intensive products, glass, and optical fiber.

Read Here's What's New in the USMCA for a more detailed explanation.

The Rules of Origin listed in Chapter 4 of the NAFTA Agreement are used to determine whether goods originate in a NAFTA territory (either the U.S., Canada or Mexico). The NAFTA Rules of Origin take into account where the goods are produced and what materials are used to produce them. Only originating goods as defined by NAFTA are entitled to receive duty-free or reduced tariff treatment. (These rules should not be confused with the country of origin used for marking, quota, anti-dumping or countervailing cases.)

The Rules of Origin are very complex, and one cannot make assumptions without a careful reading of the rules. For example, the NAFTA Rules of Origin allow goods to qualify as originating if the goods are “wholly obtained or produced entirely in the territory of one or more of the parties.”

Without researching the NAFTA definition, a company may decide that their product qualifies because all components used to produce the finished product were purchased from companies located in the U.S.

This assumption would be a mistake.

According to NAFTA, “wholly obtained or produced entirely” means that all materials used in the production of the product can be traced to the earth (mineral extraction or farming). As the example demonstrates, it is very easy to misinterpret this agreement without an understanding of how the terms are defined.

An Overview of Preference Criteria

Understanding the NAFTA Rules of Origin (2)As defined by NAFTA, originating describes those goods that meet the requirements of Annex 401 of the Agreement. Annex 401, which is now General Note 12 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S., establishes which goods originate under the Agreement and precludes goods from other countries from obtaining those benefits by merely passing through Canada, Mexico or the United States.

There are essentially five ways that goods qualify as originating under the NAFTA Rules of Origin. These five ways are called Preference Criteria and are referred to with the letters shown below:

Preference Criterion A

A good is considered originating if that good is wholly obtained or produced in one or more of the NAFTA countries. It does not include goods or materials that were imported from a non-NAFTA country.

Preference Criterion B

A good is considered originating if that good meets the requirements of a specific rule of origin for that product, as listed in NAFTA Annex 401. There are three possible ways a product can qualify as originating under this rule:

  1. Product must satisfy a specific tariff shift;
  2. Product must satisfy a tariff shift and regional value content requirement; or
  3. Product must satisfy a regional value content requirement with no tariff shift. This qualification process requires referral to Annex 401, Specific Rules of Origin.

Preference Criterion C

A good is considered originating if that good is made up entirely of components and materials that qualify in their own right as goods that originate in a NAFTA country. The goods are produced from materials that may contain non-NAFTA materials, but the materials meet the NAFTA Rule of Origin.

Preference Criterion D

Unassembled goods and goods classified in the same Harmonized System number as their parts, which do not meet the Annex 401 rule of origin (tariff shift), but contain sufficient North American regional value content qualify as originating.

Preference Criterion E

Goods are considered originating if they are certain electronic items or parts qualifying under the provisions of Annex 308.1.

Qualifying Your Goods As Originating

Products of other countries merely being transshipped through or undergoing only minor operations in the NAFTA territory are not eligible for NAFTA benefits. Instead, companies that import these goods must pay the most-favored-nation (MFN) duty rate.

The NAFTA Rules of Origin provide the necessary steps needed to determine if your goods qualify for NAFTA preference. Since there is no way to memorize all the terms of the agreement, you must know how to use the rules to determine whether your goods qualify as originating and have a system set up to review your company’s products.

When your company is qualifying products, the team approach is usually most effective. Teams generally consist of personnel from accounting, engineering, purchasing, sales and transportation depending on the product and criteria for determining qualification.

Preference Criteria A

If your product qualifies for NAFTA using one of these criteria, you would fill in the appropriate letter in column 7 on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin document.

Goods wholly obtained or produced entirely in Canada, Mexico or the United States that contain no foreign material or parts from outside the NAFTA territory qualify under NAFTA as preference criterion A. Examples of this criterion are:

  • Silver mined in Mexico extracted in the territory.
  • Wheat grown in Canada harvested in the territory.
  • Live animals born and raised in Canada, Mexico or the United States.
  • Goods obtained from hunting, trapping or fishing in Canada, Mexico or the United States.

A manufactured product would be difficult to qualify under preference criterion A. All parts and raw materials used to manufacture the product would have to be wholly obtained or produced in one of the territories.

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Preference Criterion B

Even if they contain non-originating materials, goods may originate in Canada, Mexico or the United States if the materials satisfy the rule of origin specified in General Note 12. The rules of origin are commonly referred to as specific rules of origin and are based on a change in tariff classification, a regional value-content requirement, or both.

General Note 12 gives the applicable rule of origin per the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number or grouping of numbers, so you must know the HTS number of your goods to find its specific rule of origin and determine if the rule has been met.

Tariff Change

When a rule of origin is based on a change in tariff classification, each of the non-originating materials used in the production of the goods must undergo the applicable change as a result of production occurring entirely in the NAFTA region. This means that the non-originating materials are classified under one tariff provision prior to processing and classified under another upon completion of processing. The specific rule of origin defines exactly what change in tariff classification must occur for the goods to be considered originating.

Example:

Frozen pork meat (HTS 02.03) is imported into the United States from Hungary and combined with spices imported from the Caribbean (HTS 09.07-09.10) and cereals grown and produced in the U.S. to make pork sausage (HTS 16.01). The General Note 12 rule of origin for HTS 16.01 states: "A change to heading 16.01 through 16.05 from any other chapter."

Regional Value Content

Since the imported frozen meat is classified in Chapter 2 and the spices are classified in Chapter 9, these non-originating materials meet the required tariff change. One does not consider whether the cereal meets the applicable tariff change since it was grown and produced in the U.S. Only non-originating materials must undergo the tariff change.

Some specific rules of origin require that a good have a minimum regional value content, meaning that a certain percentage of the value of the goods must be from North America. There are two formulas for calculating the regional value content. The exporter or producer may choose between these two formulas: the transaction value method or the net cost method.

Having two methods gives producers more than one way of demonstrating that the rule of origin has been satisfied.

Transaction Value Method

The transaction value method is generally simpler to use. The transaction method calculates the value of the non-originating materials as a percentage of the transaction value of the good. Because the transaction value method permits the producer to count all of its costs and profit as territorial, the required percentage of regional value content under this method is higher than under the net cost method.

The formula for calculating the regional value content using the transaction value method is:

TV - VNM

RVC =

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x 100

TV

Where RVC is the regional value content, expressed as a percentage; TV is the transaction value of the good adjusted to an FOB basis; and VNM is the value of non-originating material used by the producer in the production of the good.


The regional value content must be a minimum of 60% when the transaction value is used.

Net Cost Method

This method calculates the regional value content as a percentage of the net cost to produce the good. Net cost represents all of the costs incurred by the producer minus expenses for sales promotion (including marketing and after-sales service), royalties, shipping, and packing costs and non-allowable interest costs.

The percentage content required for the net cost method is lower than the percentage content required under the transaction value method because of the exclusion of certain costs from the net cost calculation.

The formula for calculating the regional value content using the net cost method is:

NC - VNM

RVC =

--------------

x 100

NC

Where RVC is the regional value content, expressed as a percentage; NC is the net cost of the good; and VNM is the value of non-originating materials used by the producer in the production of the good.


Example:

An electric hair curling iron (HTS 8516.32) is made in Mexico from Japanese hair curler parts (HTS 8516.90). Each hair curling iron is sold for US$4.40; the value of the non-originating hair curler parts is US$1.80. The General Note 12 rule of origin for HTS 8516.32 states:

A change to subheading 8516.32 from subheading 8516.80 or any other heading; or

A change to subheading 8516.32 from subheading 8516.90, whether or not there is also a change from subheading 8516.80 or any other heading, provided there is a regional value content of not less than: (a) 60 percent where the transaction value method is used, or (b) 50 percent where the net cost method is used.

The first of these two rules is not met since there is no heading change, therefore the producer must verify if the curling irons can qualify under the second rule. In the second rule the required subheading change is met (from HTS 8516.90 to 8516.32) so one proceeds to calculate the regional value content. The regional content under the transaction value method is:

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($4.40 - $1.80)

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x 100

= 59.1%

$4.40

The hair curler is not considered an originating good under this method, since the required regional value content is 60 percent where the transaction value is used.

Instead, the producer uses the net cost method. The total cost of the hair curler is US$3.90, which includes US$0.25 for shipping and packing costs. There are no costs for royalties, sales promotion or non-allowable interest. The net cost is therefore US$3.65. The regional value content under the net cost method is:

($3.65 - $1.80)

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x 100

= 50.7%

$3.65

The hair curler would be considered originating since the required regional value content is 50 percent when the net cost method is used.

Preference Criterion C

Goods can be classified as originating if they are produced entirely in Canada, Mexico and/or the United States exclusively from materials that are considered to be originating according to the terms of the NAFTA Agreement. This provision encompasses goods made of parts and materials that themselves meet the NAFTA rules of origin even though they may contain some non-territorial inputs.

Example 1:

Company A imports whole raw bovine skins (HTS 41.01) into Mexico from Argentina and processes them into finished leather (HTS 41.04). The finished leather is then purchased by Company B in the U.S. to make leather eyeglass cases (HTS 4202.31).

The rule of origin for HTS 41.04 states: “A change to heading 41.04 from any other heading, except from heading 41.05 through 41.15.”

The finished leather originates in Mexico because it meets General Note 12 criterion. Assuming the eyeglass cases do not contain any non-originating materials, they originate since they are made wholly of a material that is originating (because it satisfied the General Note 12 criterion).

Example 2:

Desks are made from Canadian wood (HTS4407.10) grown in Canada and from metal legs (HTS9403.90) and metal drawer hardware (HTS9403.90) made from imported steel (HTS7212.50).

The wood itself is originating since it is wholly grown in Canada. The steel legs and drawer hardware were made from imported steel.

The rule of origin for HTS 9403.90 states: “A change to 9403.90 from any other heading.”

Since the imported steel used to make the legs and drawer hardware are from a heading other than 9403.90, they qualify as originating. The legs and drawer hardware qualify as originating since there is no need to qualify the desk any further. The goods qualify as goods produced in the NAFTA territory wholly from originating materials.

Unassembled Goods and Goods Classified with Their Parts

In some cases, a good that has not undergone the required tariff change can still qualify for preferential NAFTA treatment if a regional value content requirement is met. This NAFTA provision may only be used under two very specific circumstances. However, it may never be used for wearing apparel provided for in Chapters 61 and 62 and textile articles in Chapter 63 of the Harmonized System.

The two circumstances where the provision may be used are where goods do not undergo the tariff change required by General Note 12 because:

  1. The goods are imported into Canada, Mexico or the United States in an unassembled or a disassembled form but are classified as assembled goods pursuant to General Rule of Interpretation 2(a) of the Harmonized System. (This relates to preference criterion D1 on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, Field 7.)
  2. The goods are produced using materials imported into a NAFTA country that are provided for as parts according to the Harmonized System, and those parts are classified in the same subheading or undivided heading as the finished goods. (This relates to preference criterion D2 on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, Field 7.)

In the above situations, no tariff shift is possible because of how the goods are classified. Goods in this situation may obtain NAFTA tariff preference if they meet the regional value content requirement of either 60 percent of transaction value or 50 percent of net cost method.

Example:

A non-originating bicycle kit is imported into a NAFTA territory. The classification for the bicycle kit is the same classification for assembled bicycles. If a regional value content requirement is met for the assembly plus any originating parts used in the assembly, the bicycle qualifies for a reduced tariff under NAFTA.

Intermediate Material

For the purpose of calculating the regional value content of final goods, the NAFTA rules of origin allow producers to designate any self-produced originating material used in the production of the final goods as intermediate material. As long as the intermediate material qualifies as an originating material, its entire value may be treated as originating in determining the regional value content of the finished goods.

The NAFTA negotiators created the intermediate material designation to treat vertically integrated manufacturers in nearly the same manner as manufacturers who purchase materials from independent suppliers. Without this special designation, vertically integrated manufacturers may not be able to meet the definition of originating. This provision covers all goods and materials except automotive goods and components described in Annex 403.2; specifically, engines and gearboxes.

An intermediate material is a self-produced material, designated by the producer, that meets the rules of origin and that is incorporated into the final good. A self-produced material is defined as a material produced by the same party that produces the final goods and which is used in the production of those final goods. An intermediate material may be composed of originating and non-originating submaterials.

After determining that an intermediate material satisfies the applicable rule of origin, the total cost to produce that intermediate material is treated as an originating cost. The producer would not include the value of the non-originating material used to produce the intermediate material as part of the value of the non-originating materials when calculating the regional value content of the final goods.

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By designating an item as an intermediate material, the producer may treat self-produced materials similarly to the way the producer would treat an originating material purchased at arm’s length for purposes of determining the value of the non-originating materials of the final goods.

If the intermediate material must satisfy a minimum regional value content to qualify as originating, the net cost method must be used to calculate that regional value content.

A producer may make any number of intermediate material designations provided that no material subject to a regional value content requirement may be designated as an intermediate material if it contains submaterials also subject to a regional value content requirement that were also designated as intermediate materials.

Where a single producer designates intermediate materials that qualify as originating solely based on a tariff change (that is, without having to satisfy a regional value content requirement), subsequent designations can be made with previously designated intermediate materials.

Determining the Value of Intermediate Material

There are two methods for determining the value of an intermediate material:

  1. The total cost incurred with respect to all goods produced that can be reasonably allocated to that intermediate material; or
  2. The aggregate of each cost that form part of the total cost incurred with respect to that intermediate material that can be reasonably allocated to that intermediate material.

The two methods allow producers to select the one that best fits their production and accounting practices. The value of the intermediate material should be approximately the same using either method. However, the net cost method must be used for intermediate materials subject to a regional value content requirement.

The NAFTA Agreement lists those costs that may not be included when calculating the regional value content of the intermediate material using the net cost method:

  • Sales promotion, including marketing and after-sales service costs.
  • Royalties.
  • Shipping and packing costs.
  • Non-allowable interest costs.

Although these costs are excluded in the net cost calculation, they do form part of the total cost of the material. Accordingly, costs such as royalties are excluded when calculating the net cost for purposes of determining whether the material satisfies a regional value content requirement (and thus originates and can be designated an intermediate material), but are included in the total value of the material once its origin has determined. The total value of an intermediate material may be counted as an originating cost.

The Accumulation, De Minimis, and Fungible Goods and Materials Methods

Accumulation

When producers determine the regional value content of goods, the entire value of the materials used to produce the goods that they acquire from suppliers is considered as wholly originating or wholly non-originating as appropriate.

The accumulation provision allows the producer or exporter of goods to choose to include as part of the goods’ regional value content any regional value added by suppliers of non-originating materials used to produce the final goods. Accumulation allows the producer to reduce the value of the non-originating materials used in the production of the good by taking into account the NAFTA inputs incorporated into those non-originating materials.

This applies when a producer is unable to satisfy a regional value content requirement base on:

  • His own processing costs, or
  • The value of originating material used to produce a good.

Accumulation allows the producer to include any regional value added in the NAFTA territory by other parties that produced non-originating materials that were subsequently incorporated into the final good. The conditions for using accumulation are:

  1. Producers/exporters who choose to use accumulation must use the net cost method to calculate any regional value content;
  2. Producers/exporters of goods must obtain information on net cost and the regional value content of non-originating materials used to make their goods from the producers (suppliers) of those materials;
  3. All non-originating materials used in the production of the goods must undergo the tariff classification change set out in General Note 12, and the goods must satisfy any applicable regional value content requirement entirely in the territory of one or more of the NAFTA countries, and
  4. The goods must satisfy all other applicable requirements of the rules of origin.

De Minimis

Although requiring a change in tariff classification is a very simple principle, it requires that all non-originating materials undergo the required change. If even a very low percentage of the materials do not undergo the tariff change, the exporter would not be able to classify the goods as originating.

To overcome this obstacle, NAFTA contains a de minimis provision that allows goods to qualify as originating even when a small percentage (seven percent in most cases) of the transaction value of the goods does not undergo the required change. In addition, where failure of materials to undergo a required change in tariff classification triggers a requirement for a minimum regional value content, the calculation of that content is waived if the value of all non-originating materials used in the production of the goods is not more than the specified de minimis amount.

Exporters who want to use this option must read Article 405 of the NAFTA Agreement. Many additional requirements and exceptions are listed.

Fungible Goods and Materials

Article 415 of the NAFTA defines fungible goods as goods that are interchangeable for commercial purposes and have essentially identical properties. When a producer mixes originating and non-originating fungible goods so that physical identification of originating goods is impossible, the producer may determine origin of those goods based on any of the standard inventory accounting methods (e.g., FIFO, LIFO) specified in the Uniform Regulations. These provisions apply equally to fungible materials that are used in the production of a good.

For example, Company X of Mexico supplies clips to airplane manufacturers throughout North America. Some of the clips X supplies originate in Mexico and others are made in China. All of the clips are identical construction and are intermingled at X’s warehouse. On January 1, Company X buys 3,000 clips of Mexican origin; on January 3 it buys 1,000 clips of Chinese origin. If Company X uses FIFO inventory procedures, the first 3,000 clips it used to fill an order are considered Mexican regardless of their actual origin.

The NAFTA Agreement provides many options for exporters to qualify their goods for preferential duty treatment.

Accessories, Spare Parts, and Tools

This section addresses how to determine if your products qualify for NAFTA preference when you sell them with accessories, spare parts or tools. I will also explain the differences between packaging and shipping materials and how they affect NAFTA determination.

If it is standard procedure to ship accessories, spare parts, and tools along with a product or products that qualify as originating under NAFTA, then those accessories, spare parts, or tools are also considered originating. You can disregard those accessories when determining whether all the non-originating materials undergo any General Note 12 tariff change.

This provision applies provided you invoice the accessories, spare parts, or tools along with the goods, and the quantities and value are customary for the goods. However, if the goods are subject to a regional value content requirement, you must take the value of the accessories, spare parts, or tools into account as originating or non-originating materials in calculating the regional value content of the goods.

Example:

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An exporter sells a pump originating in Canada with rubber suction and discharge hoses made in Taiwan. The hoses from Taiwan are invoiced and packed with the pump and are customarily sold with pumps of this kind. Since the pump originates, the exporter can consider the rubber as originating for the purposes of satisfying the required change in tariff classification. However, the exporter must count the value of the hoses as non-originating materials when calculating the regional value content.

Packaging for Retail Sale

In the NAFTA, packaging and packing are used in different contexts. Packaging is the material that remains with the goods in retail sales; packing is the extra material used for shipping purposes.

If packaging materials are classified with the goods, you can disregard them when determining whether all the non-originating materials used in the production of the goods undergo the applicable change in tariff classification set out in General Note 12. However, you must take the retail packaging into account as originating or non-originating materials when calculating the regional value content of the goods.

Example:

Leather footwear (HTS 6403) is made in Mexico. The shoes are wrapped in tissue paper and packed in cardboard boxes described with the brand logo for retail sale. Both the tissue paper and the cardboard box are of Brazilian origin.

The General Note 12 for 64.03 reads:

A change to heading 64.01 through 64.05 from any heading outside that group, except from subheading 6406.10, provided there is a regional value content of not less than 55 percent under the net cost method.

Although the exporter can disregard the tissue paper and cardboard box for purposes of the tariff change, the exporter must count the value of the packaging as non-originating when calculating the regional value content.

Packing for Shipment, Transshipment and Operations

This section describes how exporters must take packing materials and transshipment into consideration when determining NAFTA qualification.

Packing for Shipment

Exporters should disregard packing materials and containers in which goods are packed for shipment when determining whether the non-originating materials used in the production of the goods undergo an applicable change in tariff classification as set out in General Note 12. They should also ignore packing materials when determining whether the goods satisfy a regional value-content requirement.

Example:

Company X makes chairs (HTS 9401.69) in Mexico from Swedish furniture parts (HTS 9401.90). Company Y of Canada buys chairs from company X for C$10.90; this price includes C$0.90 for Guatemalan crates used to hold each chair during international transit.

General Note 12 origin criterion for HTS 9401.69 is:

  • A change to subheading 9401.10 through 9401.80 from any other chapter; or
  • A change to subheading 9401.10 through 9401.80 from subheading 9401.90, whether or not there is also a change from any other chapter, provided there is a regional value content of not less than:
    • (a) 60 percent where the transaction value method is used, or
    • (b) 50 percent where the net cost method is used.

The value of the Swedish parts is C$4.10. Under the transaction value method, the regional value content is:

($10.00 - $4.10)

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x 100

= 59%

$10.00

The chair does not originate because it does not have a minimum regional value content of 60 percent. Note the packing and shipping costs (C$0.90) were deducted from the transaction value prior to calculating the regional value content.

Transshipment

Goods that qualify as originating will lose that status if they subsequently undergo any operation outside the NAFTA region, other than unloading, reloading or any other operation necessary to preserve them in good condition or to transport the goods to Canada, Mexico or the United States.

Example:

Surgical instruments made in the United States (wholly of originating materials) and cotton gowns and bandages made in Mexico (from fibers and fabric wholly grown and produced in Mexico) are sent to the Dominican Republic where they are packaged together and then sterilized for use in operating rooms. Upon their return to the United States, the medical sets are not eligible for preferential treatment under the NAFTA because they underwent operations in the Dominican Republic that were not necessary to preserve the goods in good condition or to transport them to the United States.

Operations That Do Not Confer Origin

Article 412 provides that goods shall not be considered to originate if they are merely diluted with water or another substance that does not materially alter the characteristics of the goods. Thus, mere dilution—even if it results in a change in tariff classification—is not sufficient to confer origin. However, dilution coupled with another process may be sufficient to materially alter the characteristic of the goods and thereby confer origin.

Article 412 also indicates that goods will not be considered to originate if a preponderance of the evidence establishes that any production or pricing practice has been used to circumvent the intent of the Chapter 4 origin rules. The rules of origin are designed to ensure that the processing and costs incurred with respect to the products are commercially significant and appropriate to the goods, as defined by the tariff change rules and, when applicable, the value content rules.

Final Thoughts and Resources

If you have any doubt about whether or not your goods qualify under the NAFTA rules of origin, importers, exporters and producers of goods can (and should) obtain advance rulings from the Customs Administrations of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

This article was consolidated from a six-part series of articles first published in 2002-2003. It has been updated to include current information, links and formatting.

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FAQs

What are the NAFTA rules of origin? ›

What are the NAFTA rules of origin? Each NAFTA country retains its external tariffs vis-à-vis non-members' goods and levies a lower tariff on the goods "originating" from the other NAFTA members.

What are rules of origin and why are they important? ›

Definition. Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports. There is wide variation in the practice of governments with regard to the rules of origin.

What is a NAFTA Certificate of Origin and who is responsible for filling it out? ›

This is a trilaterally agreed upon form used by Canada, Mexico, and the United States to certify that goods qualify for the preferential tariff treatment accorded by NAFTA. The Certificate of Origin must be completed by the exporter.

What are the NAFTA marking rules? ›

The U.S. marking statute, (Section 304, Tariff Act of 1930), requires that unless excepted, every article of foreign origin, or its container, imported into the U.S. shall be marked with its country of origin.

What are the 2 types of rules of origin? ›

There are two types of ROOs: non-preferential and preferential. Non-preferential ROOs are used to determine the origin of goods exported to countries that are World Trade Organization (WTO) members and therefore grant one another duties (tariffs) on a Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) basis. FTA ROOs are preferential.

What is NAFTA and why is it important? ›

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994 to encourage trade between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. NAFTA reduced or eliminated tariffs on imports and exports between the three participating countries, creating a huge free-trade zone.

How is the rule of origin calculated? ›

The rule of origin requires the regional value content to be at least 60% of the ex-works price of the good. The originating inputs and parts come up to 25% of the total ex-works price. However, labour and overheads constitute 40% of the value. As the combined value exceeds 60%, the good is considered originating.

What are the different types of rules of origin? ›

For rules of origin purposes, substantial transformation criteria are defined in three ways: Tariff-Shift, Value Content, and Technical Rules. These methods of defining originating goods can be used individually and/or in combination with each other.

What are the benefits of rules of origin? ›

Rules of origin are used to make more precise any aspect of trade law or trade policy that treats goods differently depending upon their country of origin. For example, quotas, countervailing duties, and antidumping measures restrict goods imported from specific producing countries.

Why are rules important very short answer? ›

Answer: Rules are important because they tend to protect the weaker class in the society as they might be disadvantaged if rules are broken. When rules are used in the right way they provide a stable environment and human co-existent in a country, which leads to peace and development.

Why are rules important simple answer? ›

Rules are important as families and citizens have to live their lives in a happy but safe state. Some aspects of why rules are important are: to maintain civil behaviour, be organised, more harmony in the community. Even under these aspects, there are more branches of why rules are important.

What is the main purpose of a certificate of origin? ›

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

How do I fill out a certificate of origin? ›

How to Complete a Certificate of Origin
  1. Box 1: Consignor. This box must give the name and address of the exporter. ...
  2. Box 2: Consignee. ...
  3. Box 3: Country of Origin. ...
  4. Box 4: Transport. ...
  5. Box 5: Remarks. ...
  6. Box 6: Description of Goods. ...
  7. Box 7: Quantity. ...
  8. Box 8: Chamber Stamp/Applicant Declaration.

How do I complete the certification or origin? ›

How to Complete an Electronic Certificate of Origin
  1. Manually create the certificate of origin form.
  2. Deliver or courier it to the chamber.
  3. Wait for an appropriate staff member to review and certify the certificate.
  4. Return it to the exporter's office.

What are the five main points of NAFTA? ›

Highlights of NAFTA included:
  • Tariff elimination for qualifying products. ...
  • Elimination of nontariff barriers by 2008. ...
  • Establishment of standards. ...
  • Supplemental agreements. ...
  • Tariff reduction for motor vehicles and auto parts and automobile rules of origin.
  • Expanded telecommunications trade.

Do we still use NAFTA Certificate of Origin? ›

The NAFTA Certificate of Origin is used by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to determine if imported goods are eligible to receive reduced or eliminated duty as specified by the NAFTA.

Is country of origin a legal requirement? ›

General rule. Unless required under a specific rule (see page on 'Further mandatory origin labelling'), an indication of country of origin or place of provenance is only mandatory for prepacked products in general where, in its absence, the consumer might be misled as to the true origin of the food.

How do I determine country of origin? ›

The country in which the product obtained its essential character is the country of origin, or. The country in which the product takes on its harmonized code (HTS) number is the country of origin.

How do you prove country of origin? ›

You can make an origin declaration (also known as an 'invoice declaration' or 'statement on origin') on a commercial document that has enough detail in it to identify the origin of the goods.
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The document can be:
  1. an invoice.
  2. a packing list.
  3. a delivery note.

How do you determine a country's country of origin? ›

How do you determine Country of Origin? The country of origin refers to the country of manufacture, production, or growth where a product or article comes from. Simply shipping a product through another country does not change the origin.

How do people benefit from NAFTA? ›

Some of the positive effects of NAFTA were increased trade, economic output, foreign investment, and better consumer prices. U.S. jobs were lost when domestic manufacturers relocated to lower-waged Mexico, which also suppressed wages in U.S. manufacturing plants.

Who benefits the most from NAFTA? ›

Surprisingly, NAFTA is estimated to boost American GDP by 0.5% a year, approximately $50 billion in 2000 (OSTR). Moreover, in 2003, 10 years after NAFTA was established, United States experienced the most significant economic growth ― 38%, compared to 30% in Canada and 31% in Mexico (USTR).

What is NAFTA in simple terms? ›

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was enacted in 1994 and created a free trade zone for Mexico, Canada, and the United States, is the most important feature in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral commercial relationship.

What is the percentage rule in rules of origin? ›

Typically, around 50%+ of value has to be added to claim origin. Specific processing: Finished products can qualify when particular specific working or processing activities are carried out. For example, a rule may require clothing products to be manufactured from yarn.

What are the two 2 methods identified to calculate the rules of origin in the original NAFTA agreement? ›

There are two formulas for calculating the regional value content. The exporter or producer may choose between these two formulas: the transaction value method or the net cost method. Having two methods gives producers more than one way of demonstrating that the rule of origin has been satisfied.

What is the rule of origin that applies to the goods that will be exported? ›

Proof of origin

An exporter applying for an origin certificate should be prepared to submit documents proving the originating status of the products concerned. To be able to self-declare the origin, the exporter must usually be pre-authorised by the customs authorities with 'Approved Exporter' status.

When did rules of origin begin? ›

Definition of rules of origin

The most comprehensive definition for rules of origin is found in the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs procedures (Kyoto Convention), which entered into force in 1974 and was revised in 1999.

What are the advantages of country of origin? ›

Country of origin has been identified in the literature as an important cue that might be used by global marketers to influence consumers' valuation of the brand. Its effect on consumer perceptions, affect and behavioral intentions has been widely documented, based on consumer surveys and laboratory experiments.

Why does country of origin matter? ›

Research suggests that country of origin (COO) serves as a cue from which consumers make inferences about product and product attributes. The COO cue triggers a global evaluation of quality, performance, or specific product attributes.

What are three reasons why rules are important? ›

Here are ten reasons why:
  • #1 Laws set the standard for acceptable (and unacceptable) behaviors.
  • #2 Laws provide access to justice.
  • #3 Laws keep everyone safe.
  • #4 Laws protect the most vulnerable in society.
  • #5 The process of creating laws encourages civil and political engagement.
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What are two importance of having rules? ›

keeps everyone safe; build social behaviour such as respect and protection of other people and the environment; equality and fairness as laws apply to everyone; and. outlines the consequences of breaking the law.

What is a purpose of a rule? ›

Rules help establish expectations and provide guidelines within which to conduct daily business activities. They also regulate compliance with local, state and federal agencies that govern your particular type of business operation.

What are rules and importance of rules? ›

Rules and laws are guidelines for how people should behave. They are based on ideas about what is right and wrong. Instructions are also called rules. For instance, there are rules of grammar (how a language works) and rules of a game (how a game is played).

What are rules answer? ›

Rules are instructions that tell you what you are allowed to do and what you are not allowed to do.

What should I write in my certificate of origin? ›

What's Included on a Certificate of Origin?
  1. The name and contact information of the producer of the product, including the country of origin.
  2. The name and contact information of the exporting agent.
  3. The name and contact information of the receiver/importing agent.

Do you always need a certificate of origin? ›

An importer will often request a certificate of origin because it will save them money on import duties. The certificate of origin should only be signed if the exporter or manufacturer can prove that the goods qualify for reduced or duty-free entry under the appropriate rules of origin under the free trade agreement.

Who is responsible for certificate of origin? ›

A certificate of origin / declaration of origin is generally prepared and completed by the exporter or the manufacturer, and may be subject to official certification by an authorized third party.

What is my state of origin? ›

State of origin means the country where the document was created or issued.

How many types of certificate of origin are there? ›

There are two categories of Certificate of Origin, preferential and non-preferential.

How long is a certificate of origin valid for? ›

Although a Certificate of Origin may cover goods imported over not more than a twelve-month period, it remains valid for NAFTA preference claims made up to four years from the date upon which it was signed.

How long does it take to get a certificate of origin? ›

The standard time frame for requesting a Certificate of Origin is up to three weeks before the goods leave the country of export. Q.

What are the two types of certificates of origins and when are they used? ›

There are two basic types of certificates of origin: preferential and non-preferential. If Canada has an free trade agreement (FTA) with your customer's country, so that your customer doesn't have to pay import tariffs on your products, the certificate of origin is preferential.

Does US require certificate of origin? ›

Claiming FTA preference allows qualified U.S. products to be more competitive through reduced or exempted duties (tariffs), although local taxes still apply. FTA certifications are optional, and not required for shipments to clear customs.

What is NAFTA summary? ›

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established a free-trade zone in North America; it was signed in 1992 by Canada, Mexico, and the United States and took effect on Jan. 1, 1994. NAFTA immediately lifted tariffs on the majority of goods produced by the signatory nations.

What are the 7 purposes of NAFTA? ›

The Purpose of NAFTA

Eliminate barriers to trade and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services. Promote conditions of fair competition. Increase investment opportunities. Provide protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

What are the key elements of NAFTA? ›

The following are the key provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement:
  • Tariff elimination for qualifying goods. ...
  • Establishment of standards. ...
  • Elimination of non-tariff barriers. ...
  • Supplemental agreements. ...
  • Protection of intellectual property rights. ...
  • Trade dispute resolution.
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What is NAFTA rule of origin? ›

What are the NAFTA rules of origin? Each NAFTA country retains its external tariffs vis-à-vis non-members' goods and levies a lower tariff on the goods "originating" from the other NAFTA members.

What replaced the NAFTA certificate of origin? ›

The U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a trade agreement between the named parties. The USMCA replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a USMCA Center to serve as a one stop shop for information concerning the USMCA.

Is NAFTA still in effect 2022? ›

In September 2018, NAFTA has been renegotiated. This new treaty – known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – still needs to be ratified for by every nation and will not go into effect for several more years.
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NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Countries 2022.
Country2022 PopulationDensity (/km²)
United States338,289,85737
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What are rules of origin requirements? ›

Definition. Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports.

What is rules of origin criteria? ›

There is a rules of origin scheme that is used to determine the country of origin of a product for purposes of most-favored-nation or normal-trade-relations (“NTR”) duty treatment. It employs the “wholly obtained” criterion for goods that are wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a particular country.

Why are rules of origin important? ›

The rules of origin enable the preferential agreements to be implemented, which promotes the development of trade and encourages investment. At present more than 300 free trade agreements are in force around the world and around 100 more are in the stage of negotiation or ratification.

What is an example of country of origin? ›

"Swiss Made" label on a TAG Heuer chronograph. Country of origin label for a product designed in the United States, but manufactured in China.

What is the full meaning of origin? ›

origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being.

Can I make my own certificate of origin? ›

Can I make my own certificate of origin? You can create your own blank certificate of origin and use this as needed. If any treaty agreements exist, you need this document. You also need this because of varying duty rates as well as preferential duty treatment which depends on the origin of the shipment.

Why is Certificate of Origin important? ›

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.

What does it mean to select your origin country? ›

The country of origin is the country you come from. In general, it is the country of nationality. For some expatriates who acquire another nationality, their country of origin will be that of their “1st” nationality.

What does select country of origin mean? ›

The country of origin is the country or EU member state where the goods originally came from. That is, the goods were produced or obtained there.

What is the difference between country of origin and host country? ›

Answer. Home country refers to the country where a person was born and raised whereas the host country refers to the country an immigrant is residing.

How does NAFTA impact the economy? ›

In short, NAFTA created a large free-trade zone reducing or eliminating tariffs on imports and exports between the three participating countries (the U.S, Mexico, and Canada). Overall, there was an increase in trade between the three countries, and real per-capita GDP also increased slightly.

Is NAFTA beneficial or harmful? ›

Key Takeaways. Some of the positive effects of NAFTA were increased trade, economic output, foreign investment, and better consumer prices. U.S. jobs were lost when domestic manufacturers relocated to lower-waged Mexico, which also suppressed wages in U.S. manufacturing plants.

Who is negatively affected from NAFTA? ›

Mexico's Farmers Were Put Out of Business

Due to NAFTA, Mexico lost nearly 1.3 million farm jobs from 1994 to 2004. 5 The 2002 Farm Bill subsidized U.S. agribusiness by as much as 40% of net farm income. 6 When NAFTA removed trade tariffs, companies exported corn and other grains to Mexico below cost.

What is the main outcome of NAFTA? ›

NAFTA has benefited North American businesses through increased export opportunities resulting from lower tariffs, predictable rules, and reductions in technical barriers to trade.

What are two benefits of NAFTA? ›

NAFTA boosted trade by eliminating all tariffs among the three countries. It also created agreements on international rights for business investors. That reduced the cost of commerce. It spurs investment and growth, especially for small businesses.

Who is responsible for NAFTA? ›

After the signing of the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement in 1988, the administrations of U.S. president George H. W. Bush, Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney agreed to negotiate what became NAFTA.

What are rules of origin in customs? ›

Rules of origin determine in which country a product was sourced or made - its 'economic nationality' – and help ensure that customs authorities apply lower duties correctly so that businesses benefit from them.

What is Origin criteria? ›

* Origin criteria include not only the definition of originating goods but also other provisions such as 'accumulation' (considering originating goods of a party as that of another party) and 'de minimis' (allowing the use of non-originating material(s) up to a certain limit).

What are the rules of origin for Usmca? ›

General Rules of Origin Principles

Under the USMCA, a good will qualify as originating, and will therefore be eligible for preferential tariff treatment, if it satisfies one of the following criteria: The good is wholly obtained or produced entirely in the territory of one or more Parties.

What are the advantages of rules of origin? ›

Rules of Origin are essential to determining the amounts of customs duties and taxes to apply on goods, in parallel with customs classification and assessment.

What is the important document under rule of origin? ›

What is Certificate of Origin (CO)? CO is a certificate issued by a competent authority of the exporting country that certifies the origin of the goods. There are 2 types of certificates which are Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO) and Non-Preferential Certificate of Origin (NPCO).

How do you determine country of origin? ›

The country in which the product obtained its essential character is the country of origin, or. The country in which the product takes on its harmonized code (HTS) number is the country of origin.

What is NAFTA short answer? ›

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was enacted in 1994 and created a free trade zone for Mexico, Canada, and the United States, is the most important feature in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral commercial relationship.

Who has NAFTA benefited Why? ›

With the coming into force of NAFTA, the world's largest free trade area was formed. The agreement has helped grow the size of and increase the standard of living for the middle class in all three countries. Under NAFTA, tariffs on all covered goods traded between Canada and Mexico were eliminated in 2008.

How do you fill out a certificate of origin? ›

How to Complete a Certificate of Origin
  1. Box 1: Consignor. This box must give the name and address of the exporter. ...
  2. Box 2: Consignee. ...
  3. Box 3: Country of Origin. ...
  4. Box 4: Transport. ...
  5. Box 5: Remarks. ...
  6. Box 6: Description of Goods. ...
  7. Box 7: Quantity. ...
  8. Box 8: Chamber Stamp/Applicant Declaration.

What is the difference between preferential and non-preferential rules of origin? ›

Non-preferential origin rules are used for a number of purposes such as determining what trade policy measures apply to imported goods. Preferential origin rules are used under trade agreements to determine whether the goods are eligible for preferential discounted tariffs.

How do you determine non-preferential origin? ›

Non-preferential origin is obtained where goods are "wholly obtained" in one country or, when two or more countries are involved in the manufacture of a product, origin is obtained where goods underwent their last, substantial, economically-justified processing or working, in an undertaking equipped for that purpose, ...

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