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New proof of origin for trade with developing countries

From the 01.01.2017 the EU will begin using an electronic system, with which exporters will be able to independently prove the origin of goods procured from developing countries. As a result of the adoption of new proof of origin, the agreements between Switzerland, the EU and Norway must be adapted.
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From 01.01.2017 a new proof of origin procedure will be introduced for trade with developing countries.

Currently, agreements exist between Switzerland, the EU and Norway, which regulate the acknowledgement of the proof of origin within the framework of the Generalized System of Preferences of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Generalized System of Preferences grants developing countries tariff reductions for imports sent to industrialized nations.

New proof of origin certificates are being introduced with the electronic system from 01.01.2017, which is why the agreements between Switzerland, the EU and Norway must be amended. The Swiss Federal Council has approved these amendments, as well as the administrative agreement, which regulates the collaboration of customs authorities responsible for reviewing proof of origin.

As soon as information pertaining to the new proof of origin system is released we will make this available on our website.

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