NAFTA: Understanding the Rules of Origin and Certificate of Origin Requirements

Douglas Cohen

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Are you obtaining the lowest possible duty rate on your trade with Canada, Mexico, and the US? The North American Free Trade Agreement reduces or eliminates duties on eligible goods traded among NAFTA countries. The NAFTA Rules of Origin were negotiated to determine eligibility for favorable treatment and to preclude third countries from obtaining unlawful benefits. Specifically, adopted the same basic origin rule as has governed the 1988 US-Canada FTA: Most goods must undergo sufficient processing with North America to result in a change in tariff classification.

In addition, NAFTA provides for a uniform Certificate of Origin to be prepared by the exporter and possessed by the importer when the goods enter into the importing country. This certifies that a good exported from one Party into the territory of another Party qualifies as an “originating good”.

Why should one attend this webinar?

Understanding NAFTA opportunities and challenges is an essential element of business strategy not just for US, Mexican, Canadian companies but also for Asian and EU firms competing for position in the NA space.  

This webinar will assist import-exporters in understanding the NAFTA rules of origin and the Certificate of Origin requirement. Understanding these rules and how they apply will allow you to take advantage of NAFTA to reduce your costs. How import-exporters classify their potential NAFTA products has enormous implications for their overall costs of doing business and profit margin.

Participants will learn how to properly complete the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, in order to receive duty-free treatment, prevent errors that can result in severe civil/criminal penalties by each countries Customs administration, and preparing for a NAFTA audit.

Areas Covered in the session?

  • Fundamentals of NAFTA 
  • How do you take advantage of NAFTA to obtain duty-free treatment for your NA trade?
  • What is the intent of the NAFTA rules of origin? 
  • What is the applicable rule of origin in NAFTA?
  • How do you complete the certificate of origin?
  • Most common mistakes on the certificate of origin
  • Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Questionnaires, verifications, audits
  • Penalties

Who will benefit from this webinar:

Industry: All Role/Designation:

  • Those who currently trade in NA
  • Those considering trading within NA
  • Compliance Departments
  • Legal Staff
  • Shiing Departments
  • Import-Export Departments
  • Trade Consultants
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Development Centers
  • Foreign Trade Agency.

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Speaker: Douglas Cohen, Senior Manager for Global Trade and Contracts, Worldwid

Douglas Cohen, has for more than 20 years, been at the forefront of international trade and transactions. With senior positions in private law practice, the European Union, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the global airline industry, Mr. Cohen has developed substantial expertise in import-export compliance, international contracts, anti-trust, intellectual property, data privacy, aviation/aerospace, and EU law and policy.

 At present, he is Director General for Trade and Transactions at Worldwide Trade and Legal Associates (WWTL), where he provides legal and strategic counsel to companies seeking to develop and expand foreign markets. In addition, Mr. Cohen directs the Compliance Training division at WWTL, where he works with companies to create and improve their import-export, anti-bribery, antitrust, and intellectual property compliance procedures. Major clients include leaders in aerospace, aviation, information technology, software, semiconductors, and telecommunications.

 Mr. Cohen has been asked to teach international trade, global business, and international law at several universities in the United States, Asia, the Near East, and Europe. He is the author of numerous publications and training DVDs in the fields of import-export compliance, international negotiations, foreign market entry, cross-cultural communications, Internet law, data privacy, and intellectual property protection.

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