What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know About: NAFTA Eligibility and Building Stone   [open pdf - 61KB]

"Under the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA] (involving the United States, Canada and Mexico), merchandise produced in NAFTA countries may be eligible for reduced rates of duty under certain circumstances. The rules of origin for NAFTA eligibility are outlined in General Note 12 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). This publication will deal exclusively with the NAFTA rules of origin for monumental and building stone - i.e., whether or not a particular importation of stone from a NAFTA country is subject to the lower NAFTA rates of duty. The Annex 311 rules for determining the country of origin of NAFTA goods for marking purposes are set forth in 19 CFR Part 102. See T.D. 96-46, published in 61 Fed Reg 28932 (June 6, 1996). Pursuant to Annex 311 of the North American Free Trade Act, these rules should be used when we determine the country of origin of goods processed in Canada or Mexico for marking purposes. The country of origin marking rules are also used when we determine whether the CA or MX rate is applicable to originating goods that have been processed in more than one NAFTA country prior to importation into the United States. A future publication will discuss the application of these rules to monumental or building stone."

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