Addressing Origin Operational Challenges

November 21, 2016

This paper reviews reciprocal and unilateral preferential rules of origin, including the possibility of introducing expanded cumulation flexibilities to show why they are seemingly resistant to harmonisation and simplification efforts. It explains, from a practitioner’s perspective, several of the main administrative and structural challenges faced by large and small producers, and in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, in both developing and developed economies. It then proposes some policy options and practical solutions to address these challenges.

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Building Inclusive Rules of Origin in the 21st Century

November 21, 2016

This is an overview report of the Rules of Origin Dialogue held November 21-22, 2016. The report report provides an analysis and evaluation of rules of origin in the context of RTAs and the multilater... READ MORE

Towards Convergence on Rules of Origin Between Trade at the Regional and Multilateral Level

November 21, 2016

The ongoing stalemate on the Harmonization Work Programme (HWP) with respect to non-preferential rules of origin (RoO) has left business trade negotiators and customs officials negotiating free trade... READ MORE

The Preferential Origin Regime and Global Value Chains

November 21, 2016

Access to preferential import tariffs under a free trade agreement (FTA) is governed by clearly defined rules of origin designed to prevent non-members from enjoying the benefits. However, a company’s... READ MORE