Rules of Origin Workshop

Rules of Origin Workshop

Learn how to determine and certify the origin of your products

Rules of origin are a particularly challenging area for many businesses. It’s a complex area that includes: 1) product-specific rules of origin, 2) origin provisions, and 3) origin certification. If the requirements in any of these three areas are not met, tariffs are due. Getting this wrong can be expensive.

Rules of origin have been making headlines in recent years. Remember the Percy Pigs story? To be able to take advantage of lower tariffs under any trade agreement, companies must ensure that their products are considered originating.

Learn everything you need to know about rules of origin in one day from someone who has been advising clients on origin for over a decade, was the subject matter expert behind the World Trade Organisation and World Customs Organisation rules of origin tool but has a PhD in this field. This course cuts through the complexity and legalese and teaches you all you need to know about origin to be able to successfully use various trade agreements.

Key features:

  • Small groups: maximum 5 people per workshop to ensure everyone is able to ask questions based on their own scenarios.
  • Bespoke and tailored: each course is tailored to the participants’ level and industry. Whether you’re a beginner or just need to understand the new type of cumulation under the UK’s continuity deals, I make sure that you get the most out of the session. You learn based on examples provided by participants.
  • Practical focus: provides a step by step process used by customs consultants and practical tips and tricks.

Why is origin important to your business?

Origin is the ‘economic nationality’ of the product. Any product crossing a border needs to have a customs origin. Non-preferential origin is used in the absence of a trade agreement and preferential origin is used to determine whether a product is eligible for a reduced rate of tariffs under a trade agreement.

The origin of a product is determined according to complex rules of origin and origin provisions. These rules differ under every trade agreement. Whether or not a product is of UK origin will be determined differently under the UK’s agreement with Mexico, the EU and South Korea. Each agreement has its own set of rules of origin. In addition, rules under the same agreement differ for different products.

In practice, whether or not a company can claim preferential origin depends on its understanding of origin provisions. Some of these provisions are contained in the texts of the tread deal. These are, for example, provisions concerning the documentary evidence that needs to be submitted to demonstrate compliance with rules of origin or involving the required type of origin certificate and period of its validity. Others are operational and/or administrative and relate to the local legislation or the interpretation of the origin provisions by the local customs authorities at the point of importation of the goods. These are, for example, the rules for obtaining an approved exporter authorisation or the requirement to provide a certain type of documentation at the time of import.

Understanding origin provisions is essential for any company that wants to take advantage of the existing network of trade agreements.

What does this course cover?

  • Where to find rules of origin for your product under any trade agreement?
  • How to understand product-specific rules of origin?
  • When would you need to recalculate value-added content?
  • What are wider origin provisions such as de minimis, rules for sets and the principle of territoriality and when do companies need to pay attention to them?
  • What are the different types of cumulation and how to use them?
  • How to use cumulation of working and processing?
  • What is extended cumulation and what documents do you need to hold to use it under UK’s continuity deals?
  • Complex supply chain and origin – how to deal with third-party invoicing?
  • What’s is the approved exporter scheme and REX?
  • What are suppliers’ declarations and who needs them?
  • Can a product lose originating status?
  • How to certify origin?
  • What documentary evidence do you need to have in case of an audit?
  • Is it worth applying for an origin ruling?
  • What origin to declare when there is no trade agreement in place?
  • What is substantial transformation and when simple assembly is no longer simple?

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