Non-preferential rules of origin

Origin

Non-preferential rules of origin

  • Benefits expected from the harmonization of non-preferential rules of origin

    Providing Overall Consistency in Origin Determination

    The Harmonized Non-Preferential Rules of Origin is expected to prevent discrepancies in origin determination among WTO Member countries. The rules do not allow any loophole in origin determination and they should present only one origin to each good.

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  • General presentation

    Non-Preferential Rules of Origin can be used as an important trade and commercial policy measure.


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  • Harmonization Work Programme

    Role and Interaction of WTO and WCO

    The international institutions carrying out the Programme are the WTO Committee on Rules of Origin (CRO) which reported to the WTO Council for Trade in Goods, and theWCO Technical Committee on Rules of Origin (TCRO) which was established with the support of the WCO to undertake the technical work. Membership in both Committees is limited to Members of the WTO. However, the TCRO admits as observers those WCO Members that are not WTO Members, as well as some international organizations including the WTO, OECD, UNCTAD, the UN Statistics Division, the UN Law of the Sea Convention Secretariat and the International Chamber of Commerce the World Business Organization (ICCWBO).

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