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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 in a third step comparing the EU, NAFTA, ASEAN and TPP Preferential Rules of Origin. The Study will be developed with more agreements and more modules. The Study is value neutral and does not intend to challenge existing origin legislation of any WCO Member. For interpretation on specific origin provisions seek legal assistance from the Competent Authorities. The WCO assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the content of the Study.
Amongst the various models of preferential rules of origin legislation there are recurrent themes which are capable of being identified and which apply to virtually all existing models of rules of origin legislation. The study highlights these topics individually.
There are more than 300 preferential agreements in force worldwide and almost as much might be put in force in the near future. All these agreements contain provisions for preferential rules of origin. Although preferential rules of origin provisions vary between the various agreements, a closer look shows that virtually all the characteristics found in the different origin models derive either from the European EUR-MED origin models, the NAFTA, the ASEAN or the TPP type origin model. With these four types of origin legislation it is possible to describe and understand all origin models worldwide.