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Rules of Origin

This is a BCC Accredited Course and marks go towards the Foundation in International Trade.


Course duration: Full day course with BCC Assessment

The purpose of the course:
Let us explain the complex subject of Origin, which is essential to understand, as the country in which a product is made can affect the import duty that is applicable.  We will examine the non-preferential rules for determining the country of origin of goods, in accordance with the provisions of Non-Preference origin rules. We’ll identify the preferential origin rules for your own specific products, in order to determine if they meet preference according to the relevant Free Trade Agreement. We’ll discuss the new UK Continuity Agreements and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement Benefits for your organisation:

  • As an Exporter, you can help your customers in some countries to import your goods more cheaply under Preference. 
  • As an Importer, you can claim preferential origin goods in order to reduce your import duty rates, which in turn will reduce your Import VAT. 
  • Non-preferential rules are used for all kinds of commercial policy measures, such as anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties, trade embargoes, quantitative restrictions, tariff quotas etc.

Who is this course for?
Goods are frequently detained and delayed at Customs borders due to incorrect declaration of origin, which affects relationships with your customers, and can delay payments.  Any personnel preparing export or import documentation, dealing with customer queries, gathering of origin evidence etc., would gain great benefit from attending this course.

Topics Covered:

  • Wholly produced & Sufficiently Processed, Last Substantial Transformation
  • Origin Rules for Change of Origin
  • HS Codes (Chapter, Tariff Heading, Tariff Sub-Heading) 
  • Tariff & Preferential Duty Rates
  • Originating Material and Non-Originating Material
  • New UK Continuity Agreements
  • UK GSP Framework
  • Cumulation : Bilateral & Diagonal & Full
  • UK EUR-1, Invoice Declaration, Approved Exporter Status, Statement on origin, Importer’s Knowledge

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Appreciate the legal basis for the non-preferential rules of origin. 
  • Understand how to determine the origin of a product where two or more countries are involved in the production of the finished product. 
  • Comprehend the rules for declaring Preferential Origin, specific to the final product.
  • Know how to complete the various Origin and Preference documents.

British Chambers of Commerce Accredited Course:
At the end of the course there will be a short assessment paper to complete which results in a BCC Certificate with a Pass or Merit achievement worth 1 credit. Achieve 6 credits to receive the BCC Foundation Award in International Trade.  Learn More


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