In some cases, even if your importer will not use the FREI sales right, you may be asked to provide information documenting the origin of your product. In addition to the aforementioned rules of origin, there may be other ways to qualify your product: the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) came into effect on May 15, 2012. The TPA is a comprehensive free trade agreement that eliminates tariffs and removes barriers to U.S. services, including financial services. It also includes important disciplines in the areas of customs management and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, public procurement, investment, telecommunications, e-commerce, intellectual property rights, labour protection and the environment. The trade agreement with Colombia (COTPA) came into force on 15 May 2012. Most Colombian products currently arrive in the United States duty-free and the Goods Processing Tax (MPF) and virtually all will enter free of charge until COTPA is fully implemented in 2028. Information for U.S. exporters is available at: 2016.export.gov/FTA/index.asp As an alternative to original certification, Colombian producers and exporters and U.S.
importers may use a free practice certification when they deny that their products meet the requirements of the Colombian TPA. Certification can be completed on the basis of the manufacturer`s or exporter`s knowledge that the product originated; or, for the exporter, a reasonable confidence in the manufacturer`s written or electronic certification certifying that the product is produced. Any right to preferences under the Colombian trade agreement must be supported by a certificate of origin attesting to the original character of the imported product. This link contains a PDF model that shows how to structure such a certificate of origin. The model can be filled in and users can use it. Its use or respect for its structure is by no means mandatory. However, under the applicable rules, all data that is provided must be submitted, at CBP`s request, as part of a preferential tariff application. Colombia TPA Text: The full text of the agreement. Although there is no form required for the certificate of origin, there are basic data elements that must be included and a certificate of origin has been made available, containing these elements. If you have completed a certificate of origin but cannot prove the original character of the goods, you must inform all recipients of this certificate and the export country. Case 7: Indicate, for each type of property specified in box 5, which criterion (A to D) applies. The rules of origin are in Chapter 3 (Rules of Origin) and Schedule 301 (specific rules of origin).
NOTE: To qualify for preferential tariff treatment, each type of product must meet at least one of the following criteria. Advice: Certification can only be issued by the exporter, manufacturer or importer; Third-party certificates (p.B Chamber of Commerce) are not accepted.