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AGOA Certificate of Origin, Declaration of Owner/Consignee Under Review

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through July 8 on the proposed extension without change of the following information collections.

AGOA Certificate of Origin – For preferential treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act the exporter is required to prepare a certificate of origin and provide it to the importer. The certificate of origin includes information such as contact information for the importer, exporter and producer; the basis for which preferential treatment is claimed; and a description of the imported merchandise. Importers are required to have the certificate in their possession at the time of the claim and to provide it to CBP upon request.

Declaration of Owner (CBP Form 3347) and Declaration of Consignee when Entry is made by an Agent (CBP Form 3347A) – CBP Form 3347 is a declaration from the owner of imported merchandise stating that he/she agrees to pay additional or increased duties, therefore releasing the importer of record from paying such duties. This form must be filed within 90 days from the date of entry.

When entry is made in a consignee's name by an agent who has knowledge of the facts and is authorized under a proper power of attorney by that consignee, a declaration from the consignee on CBP Form 3347A must be filed with the entry summary. If this declaration is filed then no bond to produce a declaration of the consignee is required.

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