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Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)

The EU´s current Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) (Regulation (EU) 978/2012) has applied since 1 January 2014.

The three arrangements of the scheme — the general GSP scheme, the "GSP+" incentive scheme, and the "Everything but Arms" scheme (EBA) — are reinforced, by re-adjusting the preferences and ensuring they have a higher impact. Click here for more information.

Read the latest version of the regulation for a list of GSP beneficiary countries and countries under EBA.

Products/sectors which do not benefit from preferences during the period 2017-2019 are listed here.

How to apply for the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance, GSP+, is defined in Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 155/2013.

Note that there are basic differences in the GSP schemes offered by different donor countries. Goods complying with the conditions of the USA GSP rules of origin, for example, will not necessarily comply with the EU GSP rules of origin.

Not all countries listed as beneficiaries may actually qualify. If in doubt, contact your customs authorities.