Modification of GSP Certificate of Origin System

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January 1, 2017 was a date for introducing a new scheme for streamlining exports from developing countries to the European Union (EU) called the Registered Exporters (REX) system. REX is a scheme for certifying rules of origin that the EU has introduced for application to different unilateral, bilateral or multilateral preferential trade arrangements with third world countries. While it was introduced in the context of the reform of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) rules of origin in 2010, its implementation was deferred to give enough time for beneficiary countries to prepare their internal systems. The system will progressively and eventually completely replace the current system based on certificates of origin issued by government (or other designated) authorities and on invoice declarations made under certain conditions by economic operators. The new scheme will first be applied for the GSP and will later be used in other trading arrangements such as free trade areas. Read more