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Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

Economic partnership agreements are:

  • trade and development arrangements between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries – designed to facilitate the ACPs' integration into the world economy through gradual trade liberalisation and improved trade-related cooperation
  • tailored to suit specific regional circumstances - and promote sustainable growth and poverty reduction through trade (including assistance to help ACPs implement the agreements)
  • set within the framework of the EU-ACP Partnership Agreement (Cotonou Agreement) governing relations between the EU and the ACP countries. Under the EPAs, EU markets are immediately and fully opened, while ACPs have 15 years to open to EU imports (with protection for sensitive imports) and even 25 years in exceptional cases.

The Economic Partnership Agreements involve negotiations between the EU and 76 countries.

List of arrangements and applicable rules of origin as applied as of 1st Oct 2014:

Caribbean region

Antigua & Barbuda

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Bahamas

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Barbados

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Belize

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Dominica

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Grenada

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Guyana

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Jamaica

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Saint Lucia

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Saint Kitts & Nevis

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Surinam

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Trinidad & Tobago

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Dominican Republic

Cariforum EPA

Rules of Origin EPA

Proofs of origin EPA

Eastern and Southern African Region
Southern African Development Community region
Central African region
West African region

Benin

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Burkina Faso

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Cape Verde

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Gambia

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Guinea

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Guinea Bissau

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Liberia

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Mauritania

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Mali

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Niger

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Nigeria

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Senegal

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Sierra Leone

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Togo

West Africa EPA

Rules of origin GSP

Proofs of origin GSP

Ivory Coast

West Africa EPA

Rules of Origin MAR

Proofs of origin MAR

Ghana

West Africa EPA

Rules of Origin MAR

Proofs of origin MAR

Pacific region

Please visit the Overview of EPA negotiations for further information on the current state of play.


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