U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a notice reminding the trade community of the obligations and requirements of importers in completing origin documents.

According to CBP, origin declarations, origin statements, or certifications of origin must be completed and signed by an official or agent of the importer, exporter, or producer having knowledge of the relevant facts as to the origin of the goods, as specified by the respective trade preference program.

However, CBP has observed an increase in the use of consignee information where importer information is required; specifically, when the consignee is not the importer of record. The importer must be the actual IOR, CBP states, and if a consignee is not the IOR it may not be listed as the importer on the origin declaration, origin statement, or certification of origin.

CBP notes that a claim for preferential tariff treatment may be denied if an importer fails to submit, when requested by CBP, the completed origin declaration, origin statement, or certification of origin prepared in accordance with the requirements of the applicable trade preference program.

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