On March 11, 2013, USTR sent a letter to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) advising the ITC that negotiators from the NAFTA parties reach agreement in principle on the fourth series of proposed modifications to the NAFTA origin rules. Based on this letter, the ITC has opened Investigation No. TA-103-027, Probable Economic Effect of [...]
If you are buying products from Mexico or the U.S. and are not getting NAFTA benefits, you should ask why. Tariff re-engineering is a new approach to costing, where more expensive domestic components may, in the long run, make the final product cheaper. The NAFTA Certificate is a complex document that is not easy to [...]
The U.S.- South Korea Free Trade Agreement becomes effective on March 15th, 2012. Will your company be utilizing this or other Free Trade Agreements? Establishing a FTA program at your company can be very lucrative but can also carry certain costs and risks. The latest “hot topic” presentation from the trade compliance consulting firm BPE [...]
Alan Dewar, Vice President Canadian Operations shares his insights on the implications of Trade Agreements and an Integrated Trade Compliance Strategy. He also shares some helpful tips on how you can assess your existing trade agreement management program. For more videos subscribe to our Vimeo or YouTube channels.
The Court of International Trade ruled Nov. 28 that U.S. Customs and Border Protection properly denied NAFTA origin claims because the associated certificates of origin were not timely submitted. The CIT issued its decision in this test case following a remand from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which found that the untimely [...]
Focus on Free Trade The purpose of a NAFTA certificate of origin is to provide the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) with information so that the CBSA may determine that the goods being imported into Canada are entitled to NAFTA beneficial duty-free treatment. Unfortunately, even though the agreement was implemented almost 18 years ago, [...]
Focus on Free Trade One of the more deceptively confusing fields on the NAFTA Certificate of Origin is Field 10 “Country of Origin,” the completion instructions for which read as follows: Identify the name of the country (“MX” or “US” for agricultural and textile goods exported to Canada) to which the preferential rate of [...]
Risky Business: The Problem with Silo’s Back in October 2010 we introduced the foundational elements of why an Integrated Trade Compliance Strategy makes sense in todays global supply chain world. You can find the original piece titled; The Problems with Silo’s. In that original article we shared some insights as to why a silo based business may consider the [...]
A leading manufacturer of household accessories was able to save over $6,000,000 annually in duty by designing and implementing an effective NAFTA management strategy.
Ascertaining NAFTA in motor vehicles is a complex process as referenced in the case of Duhamel & Dewar Inc. vs. the Department of National Revenue. Just because you have an NAFTA Certificate signed by the United States Exporter doesn’t ensure ‘duty free status’. When claiming NAFTA the importer is always in a position of ‘Buyer Beware’.
Key issue is global supply chains created intersection of compliance between sourcing for manufacturing purposes against export costing including declaration that goods were NAFTA qualifying.