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Certification of Origin Template

Document Posting Date: 
August 7, 2020

This document may qualify as a “guidance document” as set forth in Executive Order 13891 and interpretations thereof; such guidance documents are not binding and lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law or as incorporated into a contract. This document is being posted to this portal to provide stakeholders with useful information.

About Opening and Using the FTA Certification Template: For best results, save the Certification of Origin Template PDF to your computer.  After download of the file, use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and fill the form.  Using a browser to view the form may cause errors.

Most free trade agreements can be supported by a certification attesting to the imported product's originating status.  This attestation is called a Certification of Origin.  The PDF provided on this page is a fillable template that demonstrates how such a Certification of Origin can be structured, and which users may elect to use.  Its use, or adherence to its structure, however, is in no way compulsory. Nevertheless, pursuant to the relevant regulations, all of the data elements specified therein must still be provided upon request to CBP in connection with a claim for preferential tariff treatment.



Last modified: 
August 28, 2020