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Customs &
Trade News

March 19, 2018

What to expect from a NAFTA verification of origin

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) each Party to the Agreement (Canada, Mexico and the United States) has the authority to conduct verifications of the books and records of exporters and/or producers located in the territory of another Party.

The exporters and/or producers that may be subject to such a review are those whose goods have been certified as originating by means of a Certificate of Origin and for which preferential duty treatment has been claimed.

The overall objective of an exporter or producer verification is to confirm that products covered by a Certificate of Origin completed by the exporter or producer qualify as originating in accordance with the NAFTA.

NAFTA allows each Party's customs administration various methods for determining if a good certified as originating qualifies by meeting the NAFTA rules of origin requirements.

Such methods may include written questionnaires to be completed by the exporter or producer, verification letters requesting information from the exporter or producer and visits to the exporter's or producer's premises. A verification could be conducted by any or all of these methods.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) publishes an informative document to provide stakeholders with a better understanding of the verification process: What to expect from a NAFTA verification.


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