Although there is no form required for the certificate of origin, there are basic data elements that must be included and a certificate of origin has been made available, containing these elements. Rules of origin (ROC) are used to determine which products can benefit from preferential tariffs under a trade agreement. These rules differ depending on trade agreements and products. As a general rule, the onus is on the importer to request preferential treatment from the customs authority of the importing country. The trade agreement with Colombia (COTPA) came into force on 15 May 2012. Most Colombian products currently arrive in the United States duty-free and the Goods Processing Tax (MPF) and virtually all will enter free of charge until COTPA is fully implemented in 2028. Information for U.S. exporters is available at: 2016.export.gov/FTA/index.asp As an alternative to original certification, Colombian producers and exporters and U.S. importers may use a free practice certification when they deny that their products meet the requirements of the Colombian TPA. NOTE: On the USITC link, select the „General Notes“ option; General rules of interpretation; General Statistical Notes,“ link followed by General Score 34.
Only the Colombian tariff can definitively determine whether a product can benefit from preferential treatment. For more information, please contact the Trade Information Center firstname.lastname@example.org or your U.S. Export Assistance Center. For products that are not fully purchased, you must follow the product`s original rule, usually due to a tariff lag or regional value content. Learn more about how to read and enforce FREI trade agreements. The rules of origin are contained in the final text of the free trade agreement. A specific rule of origin can sometimes be revised. The most up-to-date version of ROC is available in the U.S.
Harmonized Tariff Plan, General Note – General Note 34. When you establish a certificate of origin for the importer, you must maintain it with all registrations and documentation relating to the origin of the goods for a period of at least five years from the date of importation. Colombia TPA Text: The full text of the agreement. (Note: This html version of the chords was created by SICE. You will find a PDF version here) Any right to preferences under the Colombian trade agreement must be supported by a certificate of origin attesting to the original status of the imported product. This link contains a PDF model that shows how to structure such a certificate of origin.