Year End North American Customs Reminders
With 2020 coming to a close, Delmar International would like to take this opportunity to remind its clients to complete and/or obtain new 2021 CUSMA/USMCA Certificates of Origin (‘certificate’) covering applicable products being imported into the U.S., Canada or Mexico.
In order to maintain CUSMA/USMCA benefits, including duty free status, U.S., Canadian and Mexican importers should ensure that their imported goods are covered by an updated certificate(s) covering 2021. Importers typically renew blanket CUSMA/USMCA certificates on a calendar year basis.
A CUSMA/USMCA certificate is considered a legal international trade document and should be validated and signed by an individual with the appropriate knowledge and authority. Valid 2021 certificates should be provided to Delmar by December 31st, 2020 to ensure ongoing benefits. Without updated certificates on file, importers could face higher duty rates or customs fees on imported goods.
New 2021 USMCA certificates for shipments entering the United States may be provided to Delmar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New 2021 CUSMA certificates for shipments entering Canada or Mexico may be provided to Delmar via email at email@example.com.
Upon receipt, each certificate will be reviewed under our CUSMA/USMCA Compliance & Renewal Program. Delmar will take the following steps to support our client’s duty minimization and import compliance programs:
- Review your certificate for accuracy and completeness;
- Identify common errors and possible issues;
- Provide feedback to clients if the certificate is invalid or requires correction;
- Load valid CUSMA/USMCA certificates into our system for ease of access and ongoing maintenance;
- Maintain on file for the specified period per Customs regulations.
Delmar encourages its clients and all importers to review these important year-end issues for applicability to their specific trade programs and to take appropriate action as needed.
To discuss any of these issues further, please contact your local Delmar International Representative or the email addresses noted above.