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When do I need a USMCA Certificate of Origin?

Under the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), importers will no longer be required to complete the formal “Certificate of Origin” document required under NAFTA. However you can use an optional Certificate of Origin format.

The USMCA’s new “Certification of Origin” has no prescribed format; it may be completed by the exporter, the producer or the importer of the goods; and may be substantiated using common documentation, such as invoices.

Previous NAFTA certificates and certification documentation under USMCA must be kept for a minimum of five years.

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