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CBP Provides PDF Template for Certification of Origin

Posted August 31, 2020

In a recent “guidance document” posted on its website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has provided a PDF template that can be used when attesting to an imported product’s originating status.
PDF Logo, DHS Seal, Screengrab of Certificate of Origin Template

Observing that most trade agreements call for supporting origin certification, CBP states the PDF template “demonstrates how such a Certification of Origin can be structured.” The fillable template can be easily configured for one of several different trade agreements, including the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

It should be noted that documents created using the template cannot be saved to your computer. If a copy is needed for record-keeping purposes, the user must print the completed form.

Anyone is free to use the template and CBP stresses that “its use or adherence to its structure, however, is in no way compulsory.” Or as more clearly stated elsewhere, “use of this template, or its format is not required.”

Nevertheless, users are warned that “all of the data elements specified [in a Certificate of Origin] must still be provided upon request to CBP in connection with a claim for preferential tariff treatment.”

PDF icon with download arrow Note: If you experience problems downloading the template from the CBP website, a copy can be obtained here. Adobe Acrobat Reader® is required – download here

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