The NAFTA (Canada, Mexico, US) Rules of Origin and Certificate of Origin Requirements

On-Demand Schedule Mon, July 04, 2022 - Mon, July 11, 2022
Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate
Webinar ID IQW20A0152

  • Fundamentals of NAFTA
  • How do you take advantage of NAFTA to obtain duty-free treatment for your North American trade?
  • What is the intent of the NAFTA rules of origin?
  • What is the applicable rule of origin in NAFTA?
  • How do you obtain and complete the certificate of origin?
  • Recordkeeping requirement
  • Government questionnaires, verifications and audits
  • Penalties

Overview of the webinar

Understanding the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) challenges and opportunities is an important part of business strategy not just for US, Canadian, and Mexican companies, but also for the Asian and EU firms that are competing for positions in North America. The North American Free Trade Agreement rules of origin and certificate of origin requirements are complicated, complex, and not well understood.

Are you or your company obtaining the lowest possible duty rate on your trade with Mexico, US, and Canada? The NAFTA may lower your overall costs by eliminating duties on eligible goods traded among these three nations.

This live webinar by expert speaker Douglas Cohen will assist import-exporters in understanding NAFTA rules of origin and certificate of origin requirements. Understanding these rules and how they apply will help your company to take advantage of NAFTA and reduce your costs. Improperly classifying your merchandise as North American in origin can lead to severe fines and penalties.

Objectives of the Presentation
Participants will learn how to properly complete the NAFTA Certificate of Origin, in order to receive duty-free treatment, prevent errors that can result in severe civil/criminal penalties by each countries customs administration, and preparing for a NAFTA audit. Understanding NAFTA opportunities and challenges is an essential element of business strategy not just for US, Mexican, Canadian companies but also Asian and EU firms competing for position in the NA space.

Who should attend?

  • Director, CEO, CFO, COO, VP & C-level Professionals
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Labor & Legal Affairs
  • Procurement Manager
  • Customs Regulatory Manager
  • Customs Compliance Manager
  • Operations Professionals
  • Regulatory Compliance Professionals
  • Custom Compliance Personnel
  • Quality Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Customs/Logistics Supervisor
  • Trade Compliance Manager
  • EHS Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Quality / Process Control Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Global Compliance Manager
  • Sales Administrators
  • Import Export Supervisor
  • Personnel involved in import-export from/to North America
  • Shipping and Logistics Personnel
  • Legal Personnel
  • Trade Consultants/Advisors
  • Chambers of Commerce Professionals
  • Foreign Trade Agency Professionals
  • Business Development Professionals

Why should you attend?

Are you obtaining the lowest possible duty rate on your trade-in goods with Canada, Mexico and the US? The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reduces or eliminates duties on eligible goods traded among these North American markets. To determine eligibility for favorable treatment under the agreement and to preclude third countries from obtaining benefits by merely passing goods through North America, the NAFTA rules of origin were negotiated. There are essentially 5 ways goods qualify as originating. These 5 ways are called Preference Criteria and are referred to as letters A-E. This webinar will assist you in qualifying your products under the NAFTA Preference Criteria.

In addition, NAFTA provides for a uniform certificate of origin to be prepared by the exporter and possessed by the importer when the goods are entered into the importing country. This certifies that goods being exported from one party into the territory of another party qualifies as an "originating goods." These rules of origin and certificate of origin rules are complicated, complex, and not well understood by import-exporters.

Faculty - Mr.Douglas Cohen

For more than 20 years, Mr. Douglas Cohen has been at the forefront of international trade and transactions.  With senior positions in private practice, the US Department of Commerce, the European Union, American Airlines, and the IATA, he has developed substantial expertise in import-export operations and compliance, international trade, global negotiations, and international contracts and transactions.
At present, he is a Senior Manager, Global Trade, and Contracts, at Worldwide Trade & Legal Consultants, where he provides legal and strategic advice to organizations seeking to enter or expand foreign markets. Mr. Cohen has been asked to teach his expertise at universities and corporate seminars on international business and law in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


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