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Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)

CBTPA was implemented on October 5, 2000, and will expire on September 30, 2020. CBTPA countries are a subset of CBERA countries with expanded duty free access to the U.S. market.

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Although the majority of CBTPA importations are hydrocarbons and textiles, almost 270 non-textile tariff items are eligible, including footwear, tuna, leather goods, travel goods, and watches and watch parts. CBTPA non-textiles must meet the NAFTA rules of origin (HTSUS General Note 12). Non-Textile CBTPA goods must be supported by a CBTPA Certificate of Origin, CBP form 450, signed by the exporter and in the importer's possession at the time of the preference claim.

All goods that are the product of a CBTPA beneficiary country are eligible for the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) exemption, regardless of whether CBTPA preference is claimed. (See 19 CFR 24.23(c)(1)(iii).)

As of January 1, 2018, the following countries are CBTPA beneficiaries: Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. For a current list of beneficiary countries and program requirements see HTSUS General Note 17. (On the USITC website, select "General Notes; General rules of Interpretation; General Statistical Notes", then search "CBTPA".)

Regulations and Resources:

Regulations: 19 CFR 10.221 – 10.237 (Subpart E)

Informed Compliance Publication - Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act

Last modified: 
January 25, 2018