Oman Free Trade Agreement (OMFTA)
Information for U.S. Exporters is available through the Department of Commerce at: http://www.export.gov/FTA/index.asp
The Oman Free Trade Agreement (OMFTA) went into effect on January 1, 2009, and provides for a complete duty phase out by January 1, 2018. Oman FTA goods are also free from the merchandise processing fee (MPF). To learn more about how to claim preference on these goods, select the following:
This document provides the most relevant information in HTSUS General Notes 31 and 19 CFR Subpart P.
Data Elements for the Oman FTA Certificate of Origin - Attachment A
This certification can be used by Omani producers and exporters, and US importers, when attesting that their goods meet the requirements of the Oman FTA.
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) - Oman FTA General Note 31
A current link to the general note, including the General Rules of Origin, Definitions, Value (including Regional Value Content and De Minimis), Sets, Packing and Packaging Materials, Indirect Materials, Recordkeeping and the all-important Product Specific Rules of Origin.
NOTE: On the USITC link, select the “General Notes; General rules of Interpretation; General Statistical Notes,” link, followed by “General Note 31”.
Use this tool to learn the duty that your Omani goods will pay upon importation into the United States both today and in future years.
The following Oman FTA goods may be subject to a reduced tariff rate quota (TRQ): beef, dairy, peanuts, sugar, tobacco, cotton and apparel. Click here for an overview of quota. Go to the Commodity Graph Report for current fill levels. Go to the TPL Threshold to Fill List to see almost closed and closed quotas.
The Reconciliation Prototype is an alternate method of submitting on-going, high-volume post-importation Oman FTA claims. Like standard 19 USC 1520(d) claims, they must be made within one-year of importation and all preference program requirements and responsibilities remain in effect.
Link to the complete text of the agreement.
A current link to the e-CFR website including: Import Requirements, Filing a Claim, Regional Value Content (RVC) Certification, Post-Importation Refunds, Rules of Origin, Origin Verifications, Transshipment, and Penalties.
This publication includes the modifications to the HTSUS, the Duty Phase-Out Schedule and other important information.
Public Law No. 109-283, 120 Stat. 1191 and codified at 19 USC 3805 Note
This document enacting the Oman FTA was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2009.
Made available by the United States Trade Representative (USTR).