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Chile Streamlines Documentary Requirements for Proof of Origin Claims under FTAs

Chile’s National Customs Service is accepting effective from 7 June simple, legible copies of proofs of origin used to support a claim for preferential duty treatment under a free trade agreement or the special preference programme for least-developed countries, with the exception of the FTAs with Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam and the economic complementation agreement with Mercosur (ACE 35), as those arrangements explicitly require an original proof of origin. As a result, importers claiming a duty preference under any eligible FTA, including those with mainland China and Hong Kong, may now submit a printed or photocopied version of the relevant certificate or declaration of origin, as applicable.

Duty refund requests stemming from FTA claims or other trade preference claims must still be based on an original proof of origin unless the agreement in question allows for printed or photocopied versions to be submitted (the only agreements that allow such versions are those with the United States, South Korea, Mexico, Central America, Canada and Colombia).

Among other things, Chilean authorities indicate that this administrative change is aimed at further streamlining international trade procedures and reducing costs, in line with the parameters of the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement, especially given that it is impossible for some importers to submit an original version of the proof of origin at the time of import.

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