Free Trade Agreements

Questions and answers about Free Trade Agreements


    QUESTION: Can we issue a AUSFTA for US goods shipping from Canada? In an effort to consolidate orders for our customer in Australia, we sell US goods to our Canadian entity that are stored in our warehouse until their orders are ready to ship.  When everything is ready the container is loaded with both US […]

  • US-Israel FTA Invoice Declaration

    QUESTION: We have a situation when exporting to Israel where our product has been substantially transformed in the US but does not meet the originating content value threshold to qualify for the US-Israel FTA. Often, the products are already duty free in Israel. Carriers continually ask us to sign the required invoice declaration but there […]

  • Can I claim FTA for a repaired unit being sent back?

    QUESTION: We have goods returned to us periodically that need to be repaired. The items are made in the US and the initial export/import to the foreign country qualify for the appropriate FTA. We repair them in the US and use either US made components (by us or suppliers) as well as components/parts that may […]

  • ASEAN-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (ASEAN-India CECA)

    QUESTION: Does anyone have any information whether this agreement, in effect since 2010, has any tariff reduction/preferential duty provisions? (I could not find any.) Any specific link/resources would be appreciated. Thank you. ********** Answers: Here is a link to some information: We have been successfully claiming benefits for ASEAN-qualified products in India for the […]


    QUESTION: Any members actively engaged with customers in Japan in providing certificates of origin under CPTPP? In addition to the certificate of origin requirements set out in Annex 3B, are you also being asked to provide further proof of origin on raw materials “In case customs asks for it”. We provide a blanket COO capturing […]


    QUESTION: We understand a NAFTA certificate of origin is not required for items returning to the U.S. after repair (9802). However, is this also true for UKFTA (U.S.-Korea FTA) and other FTA agreements? The language in the agreement and USHTS Section XXII Subchapter II notes (19 CFR 10.1034), and Article 2.6, 6.15 and 6.16 of […]


    QUESTION: Our name legally changed in November, 2018. I was not notified by our US headquarters, but found out through other means. I have obtained new POA’s for the freight forwarders and brokers. I have also updated the continuous import bond and filed the 5106 with US Customs. This is a name change only, our […]

  • FTA – Excel Programmed Solution

    QUESTION: I put this out sometime last year and was inundated with “offers of assistance” from vendors. However, we only use NAFTA – and, within the next few years, most of our parts won’t qualify any more under it. That and we don’t want to budget tens of thousands of dollars for implementation plus another […]

  • CPTPP via drop-ship

    QUESTION: Japan company sells to us (US company) on terms of DAP Montreal. B/L shows ship to us (US Company) with consignment to a separate CA company address. We then sell to the Canadian company, DAP Montreal (“drop-ship” ); the CA company is the IOR in Canada. Goods physically move direct Japan to Canada, never […]

  • Free Trade Agreement Resource

    QUESTION: Does anyone in the membership have a 1-page matrix which lists FTA, GSP and LDC agreements country-by-country they could share?  Thanks! ========== Answers: Have you checked the archive before posting your question? =========== Side-by-Side Comparison of Free Trade Agreements and Selected Preferential Trade Legislation Programs, Non-Textiles Document Posting Date:  March 31, 2017 Last modified:  […]


    QUESTION: Does anyone in the membership have a 1-page matrix which lists FTA, GSP and LDC agreements country-by-country they could share? *************** Answers: It depends on the amount of information you want.  Go to this link: George Tuttle III Law Offices of George R. Tuttle, A.P.C. 1100 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 385 Larkspur, CA […]

  • US AU FTA “Accumulation”

    QUESTION: I am calculating qualification for the US Australia Free Trade Agreement.  I see that there’s a category for “accumulation” in 5.3.  However, despite seeing one example of it on the Australian government’s website, I still don’t understand how it works.  Seemingly, one can have sub-assemblies in an assembly that wouldn’t qualify, but, because they’re […]