NAFTA Info & Documents

Seven Steps To Use In Qualifying A Product For NAFTA

  1. Determine the tariff classification number (Schedule B Number) of the finished product(s). This number can be found at
  2. Check the duty rate for the product being shipped to Canada or Mexico. If the duty rate for “Most Favored Nations” is zero, a NAFTA certificate is not necessary. If there is a duty and the product qualifies for NAFTA, the customer can receive preferential duty rates on the product. Duty rates can be found by calling the U.S. Trade Information Center at 1-800-USATRADE1-800-USATRADE FREE (please have the first six digits of the Schedule B Number ready. Check the duty rate for Canada by visiting the following website:
  3. Determine the NAFTA rule of origin that applies to the finished product. The rule of origin can be found at
  4. Prepare a list of components and materials used to produce the finished product.
  5. Determine which of the components or materials used to produce the finished product are originating and which are NON-ORIGINATING.
  6. Determine the tariff classification of all NON-ORIGINATING components or materials.
  7. Apply the rules of origin and determine whether the change in tariff classification occurs and/or whether the regional value content is met for NON-ORIGINATING components or materials.

Some other documents you will need:

Certificate of Origin Instructions

Certificate of Origin Template

Certificate of Origin Continuation SheetNafta

Certificate of Origin Example

Rules of Origin

Canada Customs Invoice


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