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The country of origin of a product can affect its duty rate and preference program eligibility as well as whether it’s subject to AD/CV duties, trade sanctions, or other import restrictions. Failure to properly determine the country of origin, and to mark imported goods with that information, can result in penalties, loss of duty preferences, and detentions or seizures.

In today’s global supply chains, however, it can be difficult to determine the country in which origin is conferred. Products often undergo processing in or incorporate parts from multiple countries, and origin rules can vary from country to country and even agency to agency. Using ST&R’s expertise to gain a more thorough understanding of your products, production processes, and sourcing patterns will not only facilitate compliance but can also reveal potential cost savings.

Why Use ST&R’s COO Services

Tariff reduction: By accurately determining or securing official rulings on the country of origin of imported goods, ST&R helps clients avoid or minimize tariff costs.

Marking: Imported goods don’t have to be marked with a foreign country of origin if they have enough domestic content and aren’t substantially transformed abroad, saving companies money and presenting “Made in USA” marketing opportunities.

Predictability: ST&R regularly helps companies secure favorable rulings from CBP on complex origin issues, which brings greater certainty to business planning operations

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