Customs Updates Rules of Origin for
NAFTA Goods and Textile & Apparel Products

October 25, 2012

In a notice published September 25, 2012 (77 FR 58931) Customs announced certain technical corrections to Part 102 of the Customs regulations (Rules of Origin) to reflect recent changes in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Section 102.20 of Title 19 (19 CFR 102.20) sets forth the tariff shift rules that are used to determine whether a good is considered a good of a NAFTA country (United States, Canada or Mexico). These tariff shift rules also determine whether an imported good is a new or different article of commerce under the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement and the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. Section 102.21 provides the rules of origin relating to trade in textile and apparel products, other than those that are products of Israel.

As a result of the 2012 modifications to the HTSUS, certain tariff provisions have been added or removed, and certain goods have been transferred, for tariff classification purposes, to different or newly-created tariff provisions. The changes to the HTSUS involve product coverage and/or numbering of certain headings and subheadings and are not intended to have any other substantive effect.  

Accordingly, the published notice makes technical corrections to §§ 102.20 and 102.21 in order for the regulations to conform the tariff shift rules to the current version of the HTSUS. In addition, this document also corrects typographical errors in certain subheadings of Chapter 90 that occurred when the regulations were updated for the 2007 HTSUS.

If you have any questions about this or other customs issues, please contact George Tuttle, III at or at (415) 986-8780.

George R. Tuttle, III, is an attorney with the Law Offices of George R. Tuttle in San Francisco.


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