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EFTA-GCC Free Trade Agreement: Preferential assessments possible from the United Arab Emirates

Preferential assessments are now also possible for shipments from the United Arab Emirates, but not yet for shipments from Qatar and Kuwait

 

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The free trade agreement between the EFTA and GCC countries entered into force on July 1, 2014, with the GCC countries issuing origin certificates only since July 1, 2015. Moreover, due to missing or insufficient notifications, a preferential assessment was possible up to now only for shipments from Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

1. Preferential assessment for shipments from the United Arab Emirates

Following the 2nd sub-committee on customs and origin issues, the United Arab Emirates have now also submitted a full notification so that preferential assessment is now also possible for shipments from this country with immediate effect. The corresponding provisions of the free trade agreement must, of course, be adhered to; in particular, a formally valid proof of origin must be provided (for the time being only a certificate of origin, see leaflet for the determination of the formal validity of pre- ferential proof (PDF in German)).

2. Completion of provisional assessments in Switzerland

Pending provisional assessments for shipments from the United Arab Emirates within the framework of the free trade agreement may be carried out at the preferential rate if a formally valid certificate of origin issued in the United Arab Emirates is submitted to the relevant customs office of the EZV. Certificates of origin may also be used which were issued before the notification, if necessary before the provisional assessment. The processing is carried out according to the general regulations.

3. Shipments from Qatar and Kuwait

A preferential assessment is not possible for shipments from Qatar and Kuwait until further notice, even if there is a certificate of origin. Such consignments may be provisionally assessed (see the Circular EFTA- GCC Free Trade Agreement – Provisional Assessment on Import (PDF in German)).

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