[GTA Course] Country and Rules of Origin – September 16

Country and Rules of Origin – September 16

The Country and Rules of Origin course can be purchased as a single course, or at a discounted price as part of the 5-day Import Boot Camp. The Import Boot Camp includes the following courses:

  • Import Compliance
  • Tariff Classification for Importers and Exporters
  • Qualifying Product for the USMCA
  • Country and Rules of Origin
  • Customs Valuation



When two or more products are blended or formed, what is the country of origin? What is substantial transformation, when does it occur, and how can a corporation support their decision before a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) review?

This course provides an in-depth review of country and rules of origin determination and proper marking.

Course topics

  • Reasonable care over the import process
  • Purpose of marking
  • Acceptable terminology
  • Country of origin determination
  • Rules of origin and criteria
  • Made in the USA Federal Trade Commission (FTC) vs. CBP rules
  • Substantial transformation
  • Minor processing
  • Marking requirements
  • Forms of marking
  • Special markings on certain articles.
  • Tariff shift concepts
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Best practices

What you will learn

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define country of origin vs. marking requirements.
  • Confirm the requirements for using substantial transformation and tariff shift concepts.
  • Understand the risk associated with marking under “Made in the USA” or similar language.
  • Discuss the types of acceptable marking and special marking requirements under Customs regulations.
  • Describe what is minor processing, and when certain activities do not change country of origin.
  • Identify recordkeeping requirements and your obligations for maintaining origin determination records for customs purposes.
  • Discuss the penalties associated with marking violations.
  • Describe the steps to take to create a reasonable care process over origin determination at your firm.
  • Define best practices for documenting your country-of-origin decisions.