GSP New Provisions

Posted on: 27/07/2015

A new self-certification system by exporters will replace the system of certification of origin by public authorities as of 1 January 2017. A so-called registered exporter system (REX) will be introduced for that purpose. From 2017 onwards exporters will directly provide their customers with statements on origin. Exporters will be registered with the competent authorities of the beneficiary countries in order to facilitate targeted post-export controls. To ensure timely implementation of REX, the European Commission's services will contact in due course beneficiary countries' authorities with a view to guiding and assisting them in the implementation of the required IT system. Indeed, each beneficiary country will need to establish an electronic record of registered exporters, the contents of which will be communicated to the European Commission by that beneficiary country's competent governmental authority.

The European Commission will establish a central data-base of registered exporters, through which operators will be able to check before declaring goods for release for free circulation that their supplier is a registered exporter in the beneficiary country concerned.

Similarly, European Union operators making exports for the purpose of bilateral cumulation of origin will be registered with the competent authorities in the Member States.An additional three year period for the implementation of REX may be provided for countries which will not be able to meet the deadline of 1 January 2017.

Reminders:

Losing GSP 1st January 2016 (11 countries)

Botswana, Namibia, Turkmenistan and Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala (now all covered by the EU bilateral Agreement)

Losing GSP 1st January 2017 (6 countries)

Cameroon, Fiji, Georgia, Iraq, Marshall Islands and Tonga

 

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