Tuesday, October 6, 2009
NAFTA Specific Rules of Origin Updated to Comply with the Post-2006 HTSUSA; Implementation of the NAFTA Track III Liberalizations
The NAFTA specific rules of origin (SROs) have been modified to reflect Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA) changes first incorporated into the HTSUSA on February 3, 2007. The origination rules governing certain goods of Canada and Mexico have also been liberalized. These modifications are effective in the United States with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse on or after October 2, 2009.
The new HTSUSA tariff classification numbers now have corresponding SROs. Before these changes, reference had to be made to the 2006 HTSUSA to determine the classification of the good, its constituent materials, and the applicable SRO.
The NAFTA Track III liberalizations require a lesser degree of NAFTA processing in order to confer originating status on certain third-country materials