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Unraveling the Mysteries of Country of Origin in International Trade


The correct country of origin of an article is an ever-present and complicated consideration for international trade transactions, particularly because the applicable Rule of Origin often depends on the purpose for which origin is needed. Indeed, differing rules for various purposes can lead to the same article having different origins depending on the purpose behind the origin determination. Origin determinations for preferential tariff treatment will depend on the specific language of the particular Free Trade Agreement at issue. But these “preferential” Rules of Origin cannot be used to determine how or whether an item is to be marked with its country of origin, or whether the article will qualify for the government procurement-related provisions of the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). Customs Rules of Origin may dictate that an item is manufactured in the U.S., but the Federal Trade Commission rules hold that the same goods may not be marked as “Made in USA.”

In this webinar, the Thompson Coburn trade attorneys will provide a framework for working through country of origin issues and provide guidance for assuring that your company is in compliance with these provisions.

CLE credit is no longer available for this recording.

Robert Shapiro

Originally Presented:
May 22, 2014