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Instruments and Tools

Origin

Instruments and Tools

  • Comparative Study on Preferential Rules of Origin

    Welcome to the Comparative Study on Preferential Rules of Origin. The study is aiming at helping to enhance the overall understanding of the origin legislation. The study is comparing the EU, NAFTA, ASEAN and TPP preferential rules of origin. The study will be developed with more agreements and more modules as appropriate. The study is value neutral and does not intend to challenge existing origin legislation of any WCO Member.

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  • Database of preferential trade agreements and related rules of origin

    16 November 2012

    The WCO has established a global database of preferential trade agreements and related rules of origin in accordance with the Action Plan to improve the understanding and application of preferential rules of origin endorsed by the WCO Council in June 2007.

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  • Tools related to origin certification

    The WCO Guidelines on Certification of Origin are based on the studies on origin certification and offer practical explanations. The Guidelines aim to provide useful guidance for the Members to design, develop and achieve robust management of origin-related procedures.

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  • Origin irregularities

    The Origin Irregularity Typology Study was the first step taken in relation to origin irregularities under the Revenue Package. The second step is to provide advice to Customs authorities on ways to confront origin irregularities in practice. To this end the Secretariat, in cooperation with a number of Member Customs administrations, has developed the Guide to Counter Origin Irregularities.

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  • Relations with HS

    The WCO Guide for Technical Update of Preferential Rules of Origin provides practical information on how to conduct a technical update of Rules of Origin in relation to changes in the Harmonized System.

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  • Tools related to origin verification

    Two documents have been developed by the WCO in order to assist Members in enhancing their capacity to verify preferential origin. They consist of a study on control and verification methods in Member Customs administrations and guidelines on verification of preferential origin.

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  • Agreement on Rules of Origin

    During the Uruguay Round, participating countries recognized the need to provide transparency to regulations and practices regarding Rules of Origin.

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  • Advance Rulings

    The technical guidelines below are aimed at providing assistance to the relevant bodies in the practical implementation and application of advance ruling programmes.

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  • Diagnostic tool and infrastructure

    The present WCO tools are designed to assist Members who wish to evaluate and restructure their systems, in whole or in part, to ensure the infrastructure is meeting the needs of all stakeholders.

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