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Our Shipping Solutions export documentation software makes it easy to correctly complete a variety of Certificates of Origin including a generic certificate of origin, the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, the CAFTA-DR Certificate of Origin, the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin and the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin. In addition, Shipping Solutions makes it easy to create all the other standard export documents you need to ship your products to almost everywhere in the world.

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What is a Certificate of Origin?
The certificate of origin is a document certifying the country of origin of goods in a particular shipment. The certificate of origin may be required by the government of the importing country and is frequently used to determine the amount of duty the importer must pay to bring goods into the country.

While many countries accept a generic version of the certificate of origin form, the United States is entering into more and more bilateral or multilateral free trade agreements with specific countries such as Canada, Mexico, Chile, Israel, Australia and the Central American countries. While some of these agreements only require a statement to appear on existing documentation to claim preferential duty treatment, others like NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, Chile and Israel require specific certificate of origin forms.

Australia Free Trade Agreement
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The U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is an agreement between the United States and Australia that allows both nations to establish free trade between the two nations through the reduction and elimination of barriers to trade in goods and services.

In order to qualify, a product must qualify as "originating" under the terms of the Agreement. This means that the product must have sufficient U.S. or Australian content or processing to meet the criteria of the Agreement. If goods contain only U.S. or Australian inputs, they qualify. If they contain some inputs from other countries, they still might qualify if they meet specific criteria set out in the Rules of Origin of the Agreement.

The U.S.-Australia FTA calls for the importer to make a claim of preference. The importer may therefore ask the exporter for this information. The exporter (seller) may give confirmation, in an un-prescribed format, of why the goods qualify as "originating," which the importer may use to validate its claim. It is advisable to work with your importer and provide your importer with a written statement of origin upon request.

Customs officials can require importers to maintain documents relating to purchases and costs for up to five years after importation, should investigation and verification of claims be required. Customs officials can also seek information from exporters in verifying claims.

Our Shipping Solutions export software allows you to quickly and easily prepare the Australia FTA based on the sample form provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. You can download, a free copy of the Australia FTA form from our website in PDF format.


CAFTA Certificate of Origin
Download a CAFTA Certificate of Origin Form

The Central America and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) designates the importer with the responsibility of claiming preferential tariff treatment under the Agreement. The importer should work with the U.S. exporter to ensure that a U.S. good meets the relevant rule of origin under the CAFTA-DR prior to making a claim.

In general, a product's eligibility for preferential tariff treatment may be demonstrated in a variety of ways provided it is in written or electronic form, for instance: a statement on company letterhead, a statement on a commercial invoice, or a certification. While no official form is required in order to demonstrate eligibility for preferential tariff treatment under the CAFTA-DR, there is a required list of elements that need to be included.

Our Shipping Solutions export software allows you to quickly and easily prepare a CAFTA-DR Certificate based on the sample form provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. You can download, a free copy of the CAFTA-DR Certificate of Origin form from our website in PDF format.


Chile Free Trade Agreement
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The U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA) provides lower duties on certain goods originating in and traded between the United States and Chile. The Chilean importer is responsible for claiming preferential treatment for a given shipment at the time the goods are cleared through Customs. (Under the U.S.-Chile FTA, the ultimate responsibility for the validity of the claim lies with the importer, not the exporter, as it is under NAFTA.) In order to claim the preferential duty rate, the importer must provide to Chilean Customs a written declaration, which may or may not be in the form of a certificate of origin.

Despite the fact that the ultimate responsibility for making the declaration lies with the importer, the information needed to support the declaration will have to be provided by the producer. The written declaration that the goods are originating may be produced by the exporter, importer or producer of the goods.

If someone other than the producer (i.e., the exporter or importer) issues the declaration, it must be based upon either:

  1. A written declaration of origin issued by the producer, or
  2. The issuer's intimate knowledge of the product, its manufacture, and its components.

The importer is heavily dependent upon the assistance and cooperation of its U.S. suppliers in producing accurate and well-documented declarations of origin.

Our Shipping Solutions export software allows you to quickly and easily prepare a U.S.- Chile FTA Certificate of Origin form and print it out on plain paper. You can download a free copy of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin form from our website in PDF format.


Columbia Free Trade Agreement
Download a Generic Certificate of Origin Form

The United States-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on May 15, 2012. On the day of implementation, over 80 percent of U.S. industrial goods exports to Colombia became duty-free including agricultural and construction equipment, building products, aircraft and parts, fertilizers, information technology equipment, medical and scientific equipment, and wood.

It is the responsibility of the importer in Colombia to make a claim for the FTA-negotiated preferential tariff rate for qualifying products. However, the exporter or producer may be asked by the importer, customs broker, or the Colombia Customs Service to provide a written or electronic certification or other information to support the importerís claim. While there is no required form for certifying origin, you can download a version of the form from our website in PDF format that is commonly used by many exporters and importers.

The information and documents proving origin must be retained for a minimum of five years from the date of importation.


Generic Certificate of Origin
Download a Generic Certificate of Origin Form

Most countries accept a generic certificate of origin form that includes information about the exporter and importer, the description and harmonized tariff code of the goods, and the country of origin. These certificates are usually prepared by the exporter and notarized by the local chamber of commerce.

Our Shipping Solutions export software allows you to quickly and easily prepare a generic certificate of origin and print it out on plain paper. You can download a free copy of the Generic Certificate of Origin form from our website in a PDF format.


Israel Free Trade Agreement
Israel FTA

In order for U.S. exporters to qualify for preferential access to the Israeli market, a special certificate of origin must accompany all shipments from the United States to Israel.

To prevent possible customs delays for goods arriving in Israel, American exporters are advised to ensure that they are using the correct certificate of origin form and that it is completed and attached to the other shipping documents before any shipment leaves the U.S. port. The correct certificate of origin for Israel, the "U.S. Certificate of Origin for Exports to Israel," is green in color and has "for exports to Israel" printed at the top of the form.

Our Shipping Solutions Professional software was designed to print data for the U.S. - Israel FTA Certificate of Origin on a preprinted form available at various American- Israel Chambers of Commerce located throughout the U.S.


Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS)
Download a KOREA Certificate of Origin Form

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement was implemented in both the U.S. and Korea.

The KORUS provisions are in General Note 33 of the Harmonized Tariff. A good must be shipped directly from one country to the other. Any stops in a location other than the U.S. or Korea for anything other than unloading, reloading, or other processes needed to preserve the condition of the good will disqualify the shipment from KORUS benefits. As with all the other FTAs to which the U.S. is a signatory, KORUS-eligible goods are exempt from the merchandise processing fee. Each shipment must also be accompanied by a certificate of origin.

You can download, a free copy of the KORUS form from our website in PDF format.


NAFTA Certificate of Origin
Download a NAFTA Certificate of Origin - English version

NAFTA Certificate of Origin

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows substantial benefits for importers and exporters in Mexico, Canada, and the United States for goods originating in the three nations. These benefits of customs duty reduction and elimination depend upon an exporter's declaration of the origin of the goods, called the NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

This certificate must be completed by the U.S. exporter, and must be in the possession of the Canadian or Mexican importer at the time the declaration is made to either Canadian Customs or Mexican Customs.

The U.S. exporter is responsible for determining the eligibility of the goods for NAFTA treatment and for providing the importer with the certificate. A NAFTA Certificate of Origin may be prepared for a single product of a one-time shipment, or for multiple shipments of identical items for a period of up to one year (Blanket Certificate).

The exporter must determine the appropriate Rule of Origin for the merchandise. These eight rules are detailed in Chapter 4 of Annex 401 of the Free Trade Agreement, and cover items wholly obtained or produced in North America, having contents or components which have been sufficiently changed through production in North America, have sufficient Regional Value Content, or are listed in Annex 300 under certain Tariff Preference Levels (TPL).

Our Shipping Solutions export software allows you to quickly and easily prepare a NAFTA Certificate of Origin and print it out on plain paper. You can download a free copy of the NAFTA Certificate in English, French or Spanish from our website in PDF format.

Certificate of Origin Software

To learn how quick and easy it is to prepare a variety of Certificates of Origin including all the versions mentioned above, you can request a free trial version of the Shipping Solutions Professional software online or by calling us at 1-888-890-7447.

 
 
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