RULES OF ORIGIN: TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Private sector offers insights on business impact of non-preferential rules of origin
The WTO organized an Information Session on non-preferential rules of origin on 21 September 2016. The session was one in a series of events organized to discuss the impact that these origin rules have on international trade.
In previous sessions, members heard presentations by the WTO Secretariat, the International Trade Centre (ITC), UNCTAD, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the International Chamber of Commerce, Innovation-Norway, Nike and the Export Council of Australia.
On 21 September, another "information session" was held and presentations were made by CISCO Systems, Bosch GmbH, Arçelik A.Ş. (Turkey), Ashland Services B.V. (Netherlands) and Google Latin America. In addition, a comparative study about national marking of origin (labelling) requirements was also presented (programme attached).
Some presentations ended with concrete recommendations for measures which WTO members could consider in order to simplify and streamline origin-related requirements. Many speakers pointed out that compliance with non-preferential rules of origin often imposes high costs on firms. Some called for the harmonization of non-preferential rules of origin, arguing that having a single global standard would simplify the planning and management of suppliers and reduce the uncertainty and risk associated with certification and marking of origin (product labelling). Many also called for greater transparency in national requirements.
Currently, 47 WTO members implement requirements related to non-preferential origin and 56 WTO members do not. All WTO members have signed regional trade agreements, so all have preferential rules of origin in place.
The WTO Secretariat will organize another information session on non-preferential rules of origin at the beginning of 2017.
The agenda and presentations for the 21 September informal session are available below.
Information session on Non Preferential Rules of Origin
21 September 2016
10:00 – 13:00 Global value chains and non-preferential rules of origin
1. Mr. Hubert Escaith, chief Statistician and Mr. Darlan F. Martí, Trade Policy Officer, WTO Secretariat
2. Mr. Pascal Dorel, Senior Customs Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, CISCO Systems
3. Mr. Michael Kistner, Director Corporate Department Customs, Excise Tax and Export Controls, Bosch GmbH
15:00 – 16:00 "Country of origin" labelling requirements
4. Presentation of the comparative study: "National labelling ("country of origin") requirements" — Mr. Kolja Mendel, Kolja Mendel, Managing Partner, Mendel Verlag GmbH & Co. KG and Mr. Marc Bauer, Head of Unit, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Stuttgart Region
16:00 – 18:00 Complying with non-preferential origin certification requirements
1. Mr. Onur Murat Çetin, Chief Manager of Logistics at Arçelik A.Ş., Turkey
2. Mr. Humberto Siúves, Regional Trade Compliance Counsel, Google Brazil
3. Mr. Wouter van Duijn, Global Trade, Customs and Compliance Specialist EMEA, Ashland Europe, Middle East & Africa , Ashland Services B.V.