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 Do my goods qualify for NAFTA?

  1. Do you know the background of your product? In other words, who produced it, where it was grown, raised or extracted, etc. Do you know where the components or ingredients were manufactured or grown?

    If the answer is "No" do NOT claim NAFTA or prepare a Certificate of Origin.

  2. Was your good last worked on in Canada, Mexico or the United States (other than minor processing such as re-packing, dilution, cleaning etc.), or was it produced overseas?

    If the good was produced overseas, do NOT claim NAFTA or prepare a Certificate.

  3. If your good qualified for NAFTA, but was sent overseas temporarily, did the goods leave Customs control and was anything done to the good other than unloading, re-loading or preservation?

    If the answer is "Yes" do NOT claim NAFTA or prepare a Certificate of Origin.

  4. Is your good or product completely free of any non-North American parts, components, ingredients or materials? In other words is it entirely the product or growth of Canada, Mexico, the U.S.A. or a combination thereof?

    If the answer is "Yes" claim Criterion "A" in field 7 and then proceed to step 11.

  5. Do you know the import tariff classification of your good for the country that you are exporting to? Do you know the classification number(s) of all of the constituent components or ingredients that were produced outside of North America?

    If the answer is "No" you will be unable to look up the Rule of Origin in Annex 401 in order to determine the specific NAFTA requirements for the product. Please call us if you require assistance classifying your goods.

  6. Do you know the specific NAFTA Rule of Origin for your product and how to properly apply that rule?

    If the answer is "No" you should ask for assistance in determining the appropriate Rule of Origin for your product.

  7. Did all of the Non-NAFTA component(s) or material(s), undergo the transformation required by the applicable Rule of Origin in Annex 401? Did they undergo the specified tariff shift change or advance in value as specified by the Rule? (The requirements vary according by product.)

    If the answer is "Yes" then claim Criterion "B" in field 7 and proceed to step 11.

  8. Does your product include components or sub-assemblies which, although they may contain certain non-NAFTA materials, have themselves, become NAFTA-eligible according to the Rules of Origin?

    If the answer is "Yes" then claim Criterion "C" in field 7 and proceed to step 11.

  9. Was your product merely assembled in North America, but did not undergo a classification change because it was imported into Canada, Mexico or the United States in an unassembled or disassembled form and classified as an assemble good?

    If the answer is "Yes" then Criterion "D" may apply if there is sufficient value-added.

  10. Was your product made in North America but did not undergo a classification change because the imported parts for your good, and the finished good itself, are classified in the same tariff heading (4 digits) or subheading (6 digits)?

    If the answer is "Yes" then Criterion "D" may apply if there is sufficient value-added.

  11. If you know the background of your product, if it complies with the applicable Rule of Origin and all other requirements (including documentation to support your claim) are met, you may now prepare a valid NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

    A good NAFTA Certificate of Origin is complete, correct and clear!

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