The most important thing most small business importers in Canada need to know about CUSMA is nothing. The majority of the rules will not impact you, unless your supply chain involves agriculture, dairy, the manufacture of auto parts or one of the other select industries being impacted by stricter Rules of Origin. Please find below our short answers to your questions on CUSMA:
Will we still be able to use our existing NAFTA certificates?
No, this is the key change. The NAFTA certificates provided by your current supplies will be redundant as of July 1st, replaced by a certification included on an invoice. We’ve created an autoCUSMA Certification wizard to help our clients transition.*
What should I do to prepare?
When ordering from your suppliers, remind them that a new certification is required to obtain duty-free status (NAFTA certificates will all be invalid as of July 1st, 2020).
How will I know if CUSMA is being claimed on my entries?
The tariff treatment (10 for USA origin goods, 11 for Mexico) has not changed.
I’m concerned my products will no longer be valid under the new Rules of Origin. How can I verify this?
Most of the Rules of Origin have not changed under the new Agreement, but you can check the new Rules of Origin here (Chapter 5 of the Agreement). Make sure you have the HS codes for your products handy, as this is the key element in determining a product’s eligibility.
Do we still require a Exporter’s Certificate of Origin for Textiles?
Yes, the procedures to import garments duty-free remains largely unchanged and a permit from Global Affairs will still be needed.
*Certifications under CUSMA may take any format, as long as all the required details are included (the details are found here in Annex 5-A)