ICC recommendations for mutual recognition of Non-Preferential Rules of Origin

Author/Source: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Year of adopting/publication: 2015

Link to the document on the internet: The ICC Incoterms publication is available at the ICC website


Summary:The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as the voice of millions of companies of all sizes and from all sectors, has called for a standstill in implementing country-specific origin rules and for mutual recognition of non-preferential rules of origin until the WTO's Agreement on Rules of Origin (ARO) comes into force. For the promotion of international trade and economic growth it is vital that the origin of a good is only determined once – regardless of how many countries it is exported to.

As regulators and consumers increasingly exercise their need and right to know more about the origin of the products they encounter, in the absence of clear and multilateral guidelines, non-preferential rules of origin for commercial purposes constitute an increasingly critical administrative burden for business of all sizes and in particular for small and medium sized enterprises. ICC therefore urges governments to refrain from rolling out country specific and diverging non-preferential rules of origin. While acknowledging the challenges for Customs administration to familiarize themselves with foreign rules of origin, ICC highlights that cooperation between customs administrations can be organized much more easily compared to the cost of implementing numerous different rules of origin regimes by countless enterprises.


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