For products that are not fully purchased, you must follow the product`s original rule, usually due to a tariff lag or regional value content. Learn more about how to read and enforce FREI trade agreements. The rules of origin are contained in the final text of the free trade agreement. A specific rule of origin can sometimes be revised. You`ll find the latest version of ROC in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Plan, General Notes — General Note 25. These manuals contain more information on the rules of origin of preferential COs that have been issued under free trade agreements and preferential regimes: FTA certificates/declarations are certified themselves by a party in charge of the transaction. In general, it is the exporter of the product. The exporter may or may not be the producer. However, the manufacturer is in the best position to have the necessary knowledge of how a product is qualified according to the rules of origin (ROO), as outlined in the FTA`s rules of origin section. For this reason, a producer may be invited to obtain a certificate or a free trade declaration, even if he is not the exporter.
Trade agreements or FREI declarations should only be issued if your property is qualified for the ESTV. Not all free trade agreements require specific forms. There is a special NAFTA certificate (CBP 434) for qualifying shipments to Canada and Mexico. Many other FTA partners may accept declarative statements containing certain pieces of data, including information on how the product is qualified for free trade technology. However, importers may continue to ask exporters to use a particular format. If the form/format is optional, the information is necessary to allow the importer to benefit from preferential tariff treatment. Always contact your buyer and forward/transiter about the required documentation. Detailed FTA certification requirements for preferential tariff treatment under the free trade agreement are generally included in their „Rules of Origin” (ROO) chapter. There are three ways to find the specific roo chapter for a specific FTA partner, read the „Where to Find Your Rules of Origin” section in the article „FTA Rules of Origin.” ✔ Make sure you are a registered manufacturer at Singapore Customs if you are considering applying for CO with Singapore Customs. ✔ become familiar with the original criteria of your products (the criteria may vary depending on the free trade agreement and the preference scheme). ✔ verify that the Singapore products you wish to apply for preferential CO are manufactured in Singapore and meet the required criteria of origin in accordance with the applicable free trade agreements and preferential regimes.
✔ make sure that the materials or components that you have classified as Singapore origin in your cost report are actually manufactured in Singapore. ✔ ensure that manufacturing cost declarations sent to Singapore Customs are correct and up-to-date.