WCO Secretary General, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, launches a Practical Guide for the Implementation of the AfCFTA Rules of Origin, under the framework of the EU-WCO Rules of Origin Africa Programme

08 November 2023

The World Customs Organization with the support of the European Union under the EU-WCO Rules of Origin Africa Programme has developed a Practical Guide to assist Customs Administrations and economic operators with the practical implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Annex 2 on Rules of Origin of the Protocol on Trade and its relevant appendices.

A better understanding of the AfCFTA rules of origin is crucial to the correct implementation and application of the agreement and necessary to enhance intra-African trade.

The main objective of the AfCFTA Agreement is to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments, and thus pave the way for accelerating the establishment of the Customs Union in the future.

The guide is available in English and French.