The ESTV uses an original “knowledge-based” certification system. This means that an exporter, producer or importer can provide a certificate certifying that a product is from the ESTV to support an importer`s request for preferential tariff treatment. A right may also be based on an importer`s own knowledge that goods are a base of origin. Any right to preferences under Korea`s free trade agreement must be supported by a certificate of origin attesting to the origin status of the imported product. This link contains a PDF model that shows how to structure such a certificate of origin. The model can be filled in and users can use it. Its use or respect for its structure is by no means mandatory. However, under the applicable rules, all data that is provided must be submitted, at CBP`s request, as part of a preferential tariff application. This document contains the most important information contained in the notes HTSUS General 33 and 19 CFR Subpart R. – For products going to Korea, the Korean Customs Service has also created a page indicating tariffs for exports of U.S.
goods to Korea. The Korean Customs Service website is fta.customs.go.kr/ (in Korean). The Korean Embassy website also provides www.USKoreaConnect.org information on exporting to Korea. The Ministry of Commerce export.gov website also provides detailed information on product classification and related issues. export.gov/faq/eg_main_017509.asp The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) came into force on March 15, 2012. On the day of its implementation, nearly 80% of U.S. exports of industrial goods to Korea were exempt from tariffs, including aerospace equipment, agricultural equipment, auto parts, construction products, chemicals, consumer products, electrical equipment, travel goods, paper products, scientific equipment and transportation and transportation equipment. Other benefits of the free trade agreement include strengthening the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Korea and increasing access to the $580 billion market for highly competitive U.S.
companies. The USTR website contains various product and sector fact sheets and Q-As on agreements and we have created a website and email address for your requests: www.ustr.gov/uskoreaFTA and KORUS@ustr.eop.gov. Another opportunity to examine tariffs under the free trade agreement is to examine the final text of the agreement. On the USTR website, under the “final text” section, two customs plans, one for products going to Korea and the other for products arriving in the United States.