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T-MEC Agreement

The Guide for your Business

T-MEC Agreement

The Guide for your Business

T-MEC is all about reducing trade barriers. So are we.

How is it different from NAFTA? And how will it affect your FedEx shipments? Learn what you need to do to prepare your shipments under this new agreement.

The Mexico-United States-Canada Agreement (T-MEC) replaces the Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) and will set the guidelines to how Mexico, the U.S. and Canada trade with each other. The agreement is referred to differently by each signatory:

  • In the U.S.: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • In Mexico: Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC).
  • In Canada: Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

Important: Please note that all information is subject to change depending, among other things, issuance of final regulations. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. 


The New Certification of Origin

Data Elements

1. New USMCA Certification of Origin is a set of 9 mandatory data elements; they may be provided on any existing shipping document (e.g., commercial invoice) or on a separate stand-alone document.

  1. Indicate the Certifier (Importer, Exporter or Producer)
  2. Certifier Name, Address (including country) and Contact Information
  3. Exporter Name, Address and Contact info
  4. Producer Name, Address and contact info
  5. Importer Name, Address and Contact info
  6. Description of Goods
  7. HS Tariff Classification Number
  8. Origin Criterion
  9. Blanket Period (date range up to 1 year)

The document provided for certification will need to be signed and dated by the certifier. 

I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.

When certification is NOT necessary

  • No certification is necessary for shipments valuedat less than $1000 USD.

Important Information

Use of commercial invoices

The commercial invoice can be used as long as it contains the nine data elements and the required certification statement:

“I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this certification.”

The certification statement for low value shipments is:

"I hereby certify that the goods covered by this shipment qualifies as an originating good for the purposes of preferential tariff treatment under USMCA/T-MEC/CUSMA.”

This statement can be included on the commercial invoice as long as shipment values fall below these thresholds:

  • ≤ CAD$3300 for Canada - Imports into Canada
  • ≤ USD$2500 for US - Imports into the U.S.
  • ≤ USD$2500 for Mexico (TBC) - Imports into Mexico

Commodity restrictions

  • Items prohibited by CBP (19 CFR Part 12, examples include threatened animal species, counterfeit money/coins and merchandise under economic sanctions.)
  • Items prohibited by FedEx Express Terms and Conditions (examples include firearms, weaponry, and parts, perishable foods, money, live animals, and items resembling a bomb.)

Blanket certification

  • The certification of origin is applicable to a single shipment. The Global Certification covers multiple shipments of identical goods for a specified period of up to 12 months as established in Article 5.2 - Requests for Preferential Tariff Treatment
  • Blanket certifications currently being used for preferential tariff treatment under NAFTA will become invalid and expire on June, 30, 2020.


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