Free Trade Agreements — Their Use and Abuse

Thursday, January 26, 2012
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

Please join Morgan Lewis for a webinar to learn about using—not abusing—FTAs.

With the recent addition of the South Korea, Panama, and Colombia free trade agreements (FTAs), the United States now has a total of 14 FTAs involving 20 separate countries. FTAs allow for low or no import duties on goods produced in member countries, provided that the imported goods qualify as "originating" goods.

This means that importers cannot avail themselves of preferential duty treatment under an FTA unless the imported goods qualify for preferential duty treatment as "originating" goods. Additionally, preferential duty treatment is not automatic and must instead be claimed by the importer. Unfortunately, determining if goods are "originating" goods is not easy because each FTA has its own unique set of origin rules. Improper claims of eligibility under a given FTA can lead to costly penalties.

Margaret Gatti
Louis Rothberg

January 26, 2012
1:00–2:30 pm ET

For more information, please contact Edita Vatenaite at evatenaite@morganlewis.com or 202.739.5668.