Who should fill out a Certificate of Origin form?


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The exporter for goods that qualify under the North American Free Trade Agreement fills out and signs the Certificate of Origin. The exporter sends the completed Certificate to the importer, who must have it in hand before claiming the NAFTA preferential duties at customs, according to BusinessUSA.

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A Certificate of Origin is not necessary for goods worth less than $1,000 that are destined for Canada or Mexico. Having a written declaration on the commercial invoice indicating that the product qualifies under NAFTA is sufficient for such cases, notes Export.gov. An exporter can also choose whether to have the Certificate cover one importation of goods or multiple importations of identical goods, says BusinessUSA.

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