rules of origin

Work Programme for the Harmonization of Non-Preferential Rules of Origin

Information Session at the margins of the formal meeting of the WTO Committee on Rules of Origin.

13/10/2022 - 13:00-14:30 CET (Geneva time)

The harmonization of non-preferential rules of origin is a core objective of the WTO Agreement on Rules of Origin. The Agreement recognizes that "clear and predictable rules of origin and their application facilitate the flow of international trade". The Harmonization Work Programme was officially launched on 20 July 1995 and was scheduled for completion by 20 July 1998. Substantial progress was made in the implementation of the Harmonization Work Programme, however, it could not be completed due to the complexity of certain topics.

The session offered an overview of the objectives and history of the negotiations, as well as a summary of the latest developments and state of play.

The session was held via the Zoom platform and was open to the public subject to prior registration. In addition to the presentations, a moderated discussion was provided on the basis of questions from the participants.


Opening (13:00 – 13:10)


Chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Origin 2022-2023

Background to the Harmonization Work Programme: Mandate and Objectives, Overview of the Work Accomplished, Stumbling Blocks and Latest State of Play (13:10 – 14:00)


Darlan F. MART═

Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Origin, Market Access Division, World Trade Organization



Former Chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Origin 2004-2009, Professor at the School of Economics from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and Head of the Center on Global Trade and Investments

Questions and Answers (14:00 – 14:30)


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