Trade Regulation Updates

How To Claim CPTPP?

December 28, 2018

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is effective in Canada starting December 30th 2018.

How Can I Start Using CPTPP To Receive Preferential Tariff Treatment?

There is no requirement for a certificate of origin in the CPTPP agreement. Instead, there are nine data elements you need on your documents to receive preferential tariff treatment.

The nine minimum data requirements are:

  1. Importer, Exporter, or Producer Certification of Origin
  2. Certifier
  3. Exporter
  4. Producer
  5. Importer
  6. Description and H.S. Tariff Classification of the Good
  7. Origin Criterion
  8. Blanket Period
  9. Authorized Signature and Date

To make it simple and easy, PCB has prepared a CPTPP Certification of Origin for our clients to use! Click here to access the CPTPP Certification Of Origin

Minimum Data Requirements Details

1. Importer, Exporter or Producer Certification of Origin:

Indicates whether the certifier is the exporter, producer or importer

2. Certifier:

Provide the certifier’s name, address (including country), telephone number and e-mail address.

3. Exporter:

Provide the exporter’s name, address (including country), e-mail address and telephone number if different from the certifier. This information is not required if the producer is completing the certification of origin and does not know the identity of the exporter. The address of the exporter shall be the place of export of the good in a TPP country.

4. Producer:

Provide the producer’s name, address (including country), e-mail address and telephone number, if different from the certifier or exporter or, if there are multiple producers, state “Various” or provide a list of producers. A person that wishes for this information to remain confidential may state “Available upon request by the importing authorities”. The address of a producer shall be the place of production of the good in a TPP country.

5. Importer:

Provide, if known, the importer’s name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. The address of the importer shall be in a TPP country.

6. Description and HS Tariff Classification of the Good:

(a) Provide a description of the good and the HS tariff classification of the good to the 6-digit level. The description should be sufficient to relate it to the good covered by the certification; and

(b) If the certification of origin covers a single shipment of a good, indicate, if known, the invoice number related to the exportation.

7. Origin Criterion:

CBSA has advised they will administer the Origin Criterion, in a flexible manner and consider the certification of origin to be valid provided the origin criterion references the particular rule of origin as indicated in Article 3.2 of the CPTPP.

Some examples are:

  • Any reference to the article = 3.2(a), 3.2(b) or 3.2(c)
  • Any reference to the rule in an abbreviated form: WO = wholly obtained, PE = produced entirely, or PSR = product specific rule
  • Any reference to how the rule was applied: CC for Chapter Change, CTC for Tariff Change, CTH for Heading Change, or CTSH for Subheading Change

8. Blanket Period:

Include the period if the certification covers multiple shipments of identical goods for a specified period of up to 12 months.

9. Authorised Signature and Date:

The certification must be signed and dated by the certifier and accompanied by the following 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.


If you are a client and have further questions please contact your account representative. If you are not a client but would like more information on CPTPP opportunities please contact one of our expert trade advisors for further assistance.