Background

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in May 2017 the U.S. and Israel amended their bilateral free trade agreement to eliminate the certificate of origin requirement on exports to Israel in favor of an invoice declaration. During a phase-out period that started Jan. 10, 2018, U.S. exporters to Israel may submit either the certificate of origin (Form A) or an invoice declaration. As of June 30, however, Israel will accept only invoice declarations.

With respect to imports from Israel, CBP notes that in 1994 it eliminated the requirement for importers to submit the Form A and instead allowed them to provide a signed affidavit upon request by CBP acknowledging that the good meets the FTA’s origination and shipping requirements. As a result, the May 2017 agreement will make no change in the FTA requirements for importations into the U.S.

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