(STR Trade Report)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced May 16 that the Automated Commercial System and the Automated Commercial Environment are now ready to accept claims for preferential tariff treatment under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. CBP has set forth the following requirements for filing such claims.
- country of origin must be “CO”
- country of export must be “CO”
- tariff number associated with the claim must contain the special program indicator “CO”
- HTSUS numbers 9822.08.01 through 9822.08.35 and 9918.02.01 through 9918.24.20 (except HTSUS 9822.08.25, 9822.08.35, 9918.24.15 and 9918.24.20) are subject to quota
- to claim an exemption from the merchandise processing fee for a good that qualifies as originating under the Colombia FTA and is classified in a tariff line that is already duty-free, the country code SPI CO should be transmitted
Also on May 16 CBP issued an information bulletin to importers, brokers and others specifying instructions for implementing the Colombia FTA. This bulletin addresses issues such as rules of origin, transit and transshipment, regional value content calculation, de minimis provisions, textiles and apparel, correction of false or unsupported claims, certification and other information requirements, verification of claims, protest rights and post-importation claims.