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Non-preferential Rules of Origin

1. What are non-preferential Rules of Origin?

Non-preferential Rules of Origin are the instruments used to determine the "nationality" of a good when entering a country. They should be used for the implementation of all the non-preferential commercial policy instruments (application of the most-favoured-nation treatment, anti-dumping duties, safeguard measures, tariff quotas, trade statistics...).

Each country in the world can have its own non-preferential Rules of Origin.

The country of import is then entitled to request a certificate of origin to prove the non-preferential origin of the good imported. This origin will be established on the basis of the non-preferential Rules of Origin in force in the country of import.

Nevertheless, some countries don't have their own non-preferential Rules of Origin. In this case, the exporter will be allowed to use the non-preferential Rules of Origin of the country of export.

Please note that this origin may have to be proved even with countries with which EU has an FTA.

Exporter can obtain the necessary certificates by contacting, in their Member State, the competent Chamber of Commerce or customs authorities.

2. Where can I find the EU non-preferential Rules of Origin?

General information on the EU non-preferential Rules of Origin can be found on the TAXUD.