When is a NAFTA certificate of origin form needed?
Products exported to Canada or Mexico that originate from the U.S., Canada or Mexico may be eligible for preferential tariff rates.
A NAFTA form is not required for imports if a good(s) is valued at less than $1000 USD. Otherwise, a note accompanying a commercial invoice stating the shipment qualifies as originating goods under the NAFTA rules of origin must be be included.
If needed, the NAFTA form can be completed and accompany the shipment or be provided to the importer prior to the shipment arriving at customs.
How to complete a NAFTA form:
Exporter Name & Address and Tax ID No.: Full Legal name and address, including country, and tax identification number of the exporter.
Blanket Period: Provide a starting and ending date if multiple shipments of identical goods listed on the commercial invoice will be imported within this period, up to one year.
Producer Name & Address and Tax ID No.: Full Legal name and address, including country, and tax identification number of the producer. If the producer and exporter are the same, write "SAME." If goods from more than one producer are include in a shipment, attach a cross-referenced list of additional producers. It is acceptable to writhe "UNKNOWN" or "Available to CBP ups request" if confidentiality is desired.
Importer Name & Address and Tax ID No.: Full Legal name and address, including country, and tax identification number of the importer. It is acceptable to write "UNKNOWN" or "VARIOUS."
Description of Goods: Fully describe each good as it relates to the invoice description and HS description of the good.
H.S. No.: Provide the H.S. tariff classification to six digits for each good. Learn about the Harmonized System and find your HS No.
Preference Criterion: Determine Preference Criteria (A through F) to be entitled to preferential tariff treatment
Producer: State "YES" if you are the producer of the good. If not, state "NO" and either (1), (2) or (3): (1) if you know the good qualifies as an originating good; (2) if you have written representation from the producer that the good qualifies as an originating good; or (3) if you have a signed Certifate for the good provided to the exporter from the producer.
Net Cost: If the good is subject to a regional value content (RVC) requirement, state "NC" if calculated according to net cost or "NO" if not. Provide beginning and ending dates if RVC is calculated over a period of time.
Country of Origin: Identify country goods originated from.
Form must be signed and dated by the exporter or producer completing the form.