As we leave 2020 behind us and move into 2021, John S. Connor Inc. would like to ask our importing clients to please review the expiration dates on any blanket certificates of origin you may have provided to us in the past. Some may have expired at the end of 2020 and in order to claim exemptions under an applicable FTA, a valid certificate of origin must be on file with our office.
Also, a reminder to those with goods originating in Mexico or Canada, the USMCA certificate of origin requirements have changed. CBP has published a fact sheet that covers numerous important issues including the data elements required now that a specific form is no longer mandated, either for a single or blanket certificate.
The USMCA data elements include: • Name, address, and contact information for the certifier, exporter, producer, and importer of the good • Description and Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) classification of the good to the 6-digit level; • The origin criteria under which the good qualifies; • The blanket period (if the certification covers multiple shipments); • Authorized signature and date (digital signature now allowed) CBP’s USMCA website contains additional information as well as links to various resources including USMCA specific webinars, contact details at CBP for USMCA questions, and access to a chatbot.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your customer service or sales representative. The John S. Connor compliance team is always available to assist as well and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org