How NAFTA Certificate of Origin Forms Differ from USMCA Requirements
To find out how NAFTA certificate of origin forms differ from the USCMA requirements—and learn how AIT can help you remain compliant—check out this handy FAQ:
Any document stating the goods’ origin is acceptable, including a commercial invoice or other transactional documents, provided the document contains the following nine pieces of information.
- Importer, exporter or producer certificate of origin
Indicate whether the certifier is the importer, exporter or producer.
Provide certifier’s name, title, address, telephone number and email address.
Provide exporter’s name, title, address, telephone number and email address. This information is not required if the producer is completing the certification of origin and does not know the identity of the exporter. The address of the exporter shall be the place of export of the good in a party’s territory.
Provide producer’s name, title, address, telephone number and email address. If different from the certifier or exporter or, if there are multiple producers, state “Various” or provide a list of producers. A person who wishes for this information to remain confidential may state, “Available upon request by the importing authorities.” The address of a producer shall be the place of production of the good in a party’s territory.
Provide, if known, the importer’s name, address, email address and telephone number. The address of the importer shall be in a party’s territory.
- Description and HS Classification of the Good
Provide a description of the good and the HS tariff classification of the good to the six-digit level. The description should be sufficient to relate it to the good covered by the certification.
- Origin Criteria
Specify the origin criteria under which the good qualifies, as set out in Article 4.2 (Originating Goods).
- Blanket Period (if applicable)
If the certification covers multiple shipments of identical goods, include the shipment timeframe (no more than 12 months).
- Authorized signature and date
The certification must be signed and dated by the certifier and accompanied by the following statement:
“I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for providing such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.”
Yes. A certification of origin may apply to either a single shipment OR multiple shipments of identical goods within any period specified in the certification of origin, but not exceeding 12 months.
No. For goods under a certain low-value threshold, certification of origin is not required. However, a written representation certifying that the goods qualify as USMCA originating goods must still be provided.
Low-value thresholds for each country are:
- US$1,000 for goods destined to Mexico from Canada or the United States
- US$2,500 for goods destined to the United States from Canada or Mexico
- CA$3,300 for goods destined to Canada from the United States or Mexico