Rules of Origin OCTs
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Introduction to Rules of origin
Since January 2014 Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union (Overseas Association Decision) applies. The EU´srecently reformed Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) forms the basis of this Decision. The GSP rules of origin are the EU´s most modern preferential rules of origin as they simplify or relax the product-specific rules. They will introduce, from 2017, origin certification by registered exporters, also known as self-certification.
The rules of origin proposed for the OCTs go beyond the GSP rules by:
- simplifying origin certification for small consignments under 10.000 euros.
- granting extended cumulation possibilities with other EU trade partners. Cumulation will be also possible with all countries that have concluded either an Economic Partnership Agreement or a free-trade agreement with the EU, or countries which benefit from the Generalised System of Preferences.
- Introducing a facility allowing OCTs to derogate from the rules of origin.
Tolerance is fixed at
(a) 15% of the weight of the product for products falling within HS Cchapter 2 and chapters 4 to 24, other than processed fishery products in chapter 16 and
(b) 15% of ex-works price of the product for other products, except for products falling within Chapters 50 to 63. (Article 6 of Annex VI of the Decision)
Cumulation with the Member States of the European Union (Art 7 of Annex VI of the Decision)
Cumulation with EPA countries (Art 8 of Annex VI)
Cumulation with other countries benefiting from duty-free quota-free access to the market of the European Union under the GSP (Art 9 of Annex VI)
Cumulation with the Union’s FTA partner countries (Art 10 of Annex VI)
See also: General rule of Cumulation
The list of products and working or processing operations which confer originating status can be found in Appendix II of Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013.
Upon the initiative of the European Commission or in response to a request from an EU Member State or an OCT, an OCT may be granted a temporary derogation from the provisions of Annex VI.