The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. Parties wishing to import duty-free “original products” into the United States, Mexico and Canada that benefit from the preferential benefits of the USMCA Free Trade Agreement must have a valid certificate of origin at the time of application, which is completed either by the exporter, the manufacturer or the importer. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has created a USMCA centre that will serve as a one-stop shop for information on the USMCA. The USMCA Center coordinates CBP`s implementation of the USMCA agreement and ensures a smooth transition through consistent and comprehensive guidelines for our internal and external stakeholders. To be able to navigate after the new agreement comes into effect on July 1, 2020, refer to the information provided by your automation platform below. You can easily prepare original labels and certificates and ensure that your shipments benefit from the USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA. This section is updated regularly, so check often. For Canadian exporters, the free trade agreement is called the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Download the English or French version of the CUSMCA certificate.

For Mexican exporters, the free trade agreement is called Tratado between M̩xico, Estados Unidos y Canad̩ (T-MEC). Download the Spanish-language version of the T-MEC certificate. Although no certificate of origin is required for the above product categories for the right to the USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA, it is still the importer`s responsibility to maintain all valid evidence of origin in the use of free trade agreements. They must ensure that all products receiving preferential tariff treatment are effectively authorised Рthe applicability of origin can be requested/demanded by the relevant customs authorities during an inspection. Notification of preferential rates without valid proof of origin on the date of importation may suspend your company from significant retroactive customs duties, interest and penalties. If CUSMA declarations are made in error, importers are required to submit comments (corrections) after customs clearance. The audit trail (records) of the evidence of the origin of trade agreements must be kept for seven years: the year of importation and customs clearance, plus an additional six years. Unlike the NAFTA Certificate of Origin requirement, the USMCA does not need a specific form. An application for preferential treatment under the USMCA should contain nine minimum data elements indicating that the product requiring preferential treatment is originating and meeting the requirements of Chapter 5 of the USMCA. This information can be provided on an invoice or other document, provided that it details the original product to enable its identification and to meet the requirements of the agreement.