1 CETA: The 7 main parts of the agreement, European Commission, September 2017 Did you know that you can save money on your international shipments to and from Canada? The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada that aims to boost trade and stimulate growth and create jobs. It removes about 98% of all import duties on goods from the EU or Canada and makes importing and exporting easier and cheaper. All it takes is a simple explanation that is added to the commercial invoice. In force since September 2017, it should save European exporters alone around €590 million in customs duties per year.1 Q. == The export does not require duty-free treatment under the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement, does the Israeli government still require that a standard certificate of origin be issued by the exporter to accompany each shipment, or is the commercial invoice sufficient? Shipping Solutions` export document and compliance software contains the commercial invoice for exports to Israel, which contains this new declaration. This is just one of more than two dozen export forms that you can quickly create in the software. (Click here to sign up for a free online demo of the navigation solutions software.) Q. We have a customer in Israel who has purchased goods from us and asks us to print the AMERICAN origin declaration on our delivery note, commercial invoice or invoice. Our commercial invoices are all issued electronically and our accounting software does not allow us to make such changes to our invoices or delivery notes. How do you propose that we respect the parameters of this declaration if we cannot change our invoices? Is there a way around this? Certificates should only contain products eligible for the FTA.
Goods not compatible with the FTA should not be added to the certificate, even if they are packed/shipped together. All goods must be invoiced, but only qualifying products must be on the FTA certificate or explanation. Components/materials/ingredients already present in products should not be included in certificates. Spare parts and accessories are an exception. “Invoice” within the meaning of this subsection is one of the following invoices: ESTV certificates OR declarations should only be issued if your goods are qualified for ESTV. Not all FTA agreements require specific forms. There is a special NAFTA certificate (CBP 434) for qualified shipments to Canada and Mexico. Many other FTA partners may accept declarative statements containing certain data elements, including information about how the product qualifies for an FTA. However, importers may continue to require exporters to use a particular format. While the form/format is optional, the information is required to allow the importer to apply for preferential tariff treatment. Always communicate with your buyer and shipper/shipper on the required documentation….