Basics by Free Trade Agreement: CAFTA-DR
For how long am I required to keep records related to a declaration of origin under the CAFTA-DR?
Customs officials can require importers to maintain documents relating to purchases and costs for a minimum of five years after the date of importation, should investigation and verification of claims be required. Customs officials can also seek information from exporters in verifying claims. The Agreement states that the exporter or producer that provides a certification in accordance with Article 4.16 shall maintain, for a minimum of five years from the date the certification was issued, all records and documents necessary to demonstrate that a good was originating.
1) Each Central American Party and the Dominican Republic shall authorize importers to provide electronic certifications beginning no later than three years after the date of entry into force of this Agreement.
2) Each Central American Party and the Dominican Republic shall implement subparagraph (b) no later than three years after the date of entry into force of this Agreement.
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