NAFTA Rules of Origin
Proposed Amendments — Domestic Consultations
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in conjunction with the other NAFTA parties have proposed changes to the NAFTA rules of origin with a view to liberalizing or simplifying some of the rules as they apply to several product categories, which include:¬
miscellaneous edible preparations; petroleum; products of the chemical or allied industries; plastics and rubber and articles thereof; cork; glass; non-ferrous metals; certain machinery and mechanical appliances; certain electrical machinery and equipment; sound and television image recorders and reproducers; locomotives; parts for trailers and semi-trailers; optical, medical and measuring instruments and parts; medical and other specialists‚Ä chairs and other furniture; toys and games and miscellaneous manufactured articles.
These changes will be the fourth set of amendments that have been introduced to the NAFTA rules of origin since 2005, and these proposed amendments are planned for implementation in 2013. DFAIT will be accepting comments and views from interested stakeholders, either for or against these proposals, until October 19, 2012.
For additional details of the proposed amendments and specific changes, and the address for making any comments refer to The Canada Gazette. The Gazette notification also includes a reference to the current NAFTA Annex 401 rules of origin for comparison of the existing rules to the proposed amendments for purposes of determining how these changes may affect you.
For further information, contact Bob Cowie.