Free Trade Agreements

Questions and answers about Free Trade Agreements

  • FTA certification statements

    Question: We are researching ways of automating all or a portion of the activities involved in soliciting vendors, qualifying to rules of origin, and issuing preferential origin certificates for free trade agreements across multiple regions. When it comes to issuing certificates, one idea is to set up the system to automatically print a preferential origin […]

  • Field 9 on the PETPA Cert.

    Question: Hello, Field 9 (Rules of Origin) on the PETPA (US-Peru FTA) certificate, states that we need to “identify the applicable Rule of Origin set forth in General Note 32, HTSUS or Annex 4.1 or Annex 3-A of the Agreement under which to good qualifies as an originating good. Be specific as to which Rule […]

  • Certificates of Origin US-Colombia FTA

    Question: We put together a US-Colombia FTA CoO document with data elements that were was 100% typed (from the laptop). The importer asked us to make a few changes.  The document is a PDF and does not let me save to an editable format.  This means that I would need to re-type all the data […]

  • Proof of Qualification

    Question: The company I work for purchases raw materials sourced within the US. These raw materials are then combined and manufactured into a final product.  After reviewing the rules of USMCA, it was found that the final product qualifies. What standard of proof should be on hand from each raw material supplier? Is it a […]


    Question: We recently received a CF28 for proof of the US/SG FTA.  I have instructed our broker to NOT claim FTA for SG as we have not reviewed all items.  Unfortunately, they claimed FTA without permission and it was called for the CF28 and it was not caught on our internal audit. After investigation, we […]

  • MX-EU FTA- Which country’s HS is used?

    Question: Does anyone know of official guidance specifying which HS code should be used to determine which rules of origin should be followed for the MX-EU FTA? Does the classification from the country of export determine the rules of origin that should be used? Wonder if we would have to follow rules for 3926 since […]

  • US-Israel FTA

    Question: I am interested to know how other members qualify vendor sourced products under the US-Israel FTA.  Do you just obtain a document from the vendor stating that the product qualifies?  Does the document need to contain the dollar value of US content, in order to make a final determination that the 35% of the […]

  • Vietnam Agreement?

    Question: Hello Members: It’s been years of being involved with Vietnam.  I do recall Vietnam was under GSP and learned no longer since Jan 2023.  I do not read any free trade agreement in place between USA and Vietnam, is this correct? Answer 1: Correct, there is no FTA between Vietnam and the U.S.

  • RVC and Volume Discounts

    Question: Hi All, I have a question on FTAs and specific rules of origin, particularly the ones with RVC rules.So here’s my metaphorical scenario, if we qualified an item using RVC and are selling it at a 1 off price but our company offers a discount if you buy 1000 off, however, set up and […]

  • Free Trade Agreements & Bonded Warehouses

    Question: We would like assistance with this scenario: We have a US made product we want to ship to a bonded warehouse in China. We understand the bonded warehouse prevents imports from entering the commerce in China, however, if the US made material is subsequently exported, would the same US made product from the bonded […]

  • Israel FTA qualification

    Question: We received a request from the Israel Tax Authority to provide qualification data for an audit of our free trade claims.  The form requests “price of completed product”.   Does this mean the selling price to the customer or our cost of goods.  Annex 3 tell us that we do not include “profit” in the […]