Rules of Origin are used to determine the country of origin of a product.

The exact rules vary from country to country but generally there are two common types of rules of origin; Preferential and Non Preferential.                                                                         

Preferential rules of origin help to identify those which qualify for a lower or nil customs duty.

Non preferential rules of origin determine the country of origin for certain purposes like trade embargoes, quotas, anti-dumping, safeguard and retaliation measures.

Difficulties can arise in determining origin for goods manufactured in, assembled in, or using materials originating in, more than one country. The goal is to prevent simple assembly procedures, or re packaging operations from conferring origin.

Mike Court – International Trade Compliance Specialist

Mike offers extensive experience of designing successful procedures for daily operation of International trade staff, and implementation of International trade audit procedures for companies.  He also provides face to face staff training on international trade.

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