The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on July 1, 2020. Parties wishing to import “originating goods” duty-free into the United States, Mexico, and Canada utilizing the preferential benefits of the USMCA free trade agreement must have a valid certificate of origin on file at the time of claim, completed by either the Exporter, the Producer, or the Importer.
They must be able to provide the certificate used to claim duty-free preferential benefits upon request of the relevant Customs authorities in the US, Mexico, or Canada. They must also be able to provide the support proving “originating goods” status that formed the basis of their certification. Penalties or fines can be issued by Customs authorities for failure to comply with these requirements.
There is currently no official, government-issued, or government-approved USMCA Certification of Origin. Per the text of the agreement, all certifications must contain a set of “minimum data elements.”
The downloadable Excel USMCA Certificate of Origin form below was created by the Logistics Plus Global Trade Compliance Team. Instructions are included in the last tab.