Certificates of Origin

What is a Certificate of Origin?

This electronic or printed document used in international trade verifies goods have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. Though the forms vary depending on the exporting and importing countries, most documents will include information regarding the country of origin, shipper, consignee, transport details, product and quantity.

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into force. The agreement, signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, created a trilateral rules-based trade bloc in North America.


United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

In 2017, the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On October 1, 2018, the member states formally agreed to the terms, and on July 1, 2020, the USMCA officially replaced NAFTA. 


Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)

This free trade agreement was originally between the United States and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The Dominican Republic later joined, and the agreement has been in effect since January 1, 2009.