Complex rules for determining the origin of imported merchandise have evolved in response to the increase of free trade areas, which determine tariff preferences to the products of its members. Determination regarding the origin of the merchandise can affect the rate of duty as well as the applicability of import quotas and other restrictive trade measures.

Noncompliance with these rules can delay or preclude the clearance of merchandise and subject the importer to monetary penalties. Guedes & Pinheiro has extensive experience regarding country of origin determination, adequacy of the importer to the rules and compensation for the damages caused to our customers due to the improper use of the rules of origin.