Trade Rules of Origin (UK Brexit)

The Brexit date is 31st October – the Brexit time is 12.00 (midnight) CET

[I am waiting for the Exit day Statutory Instrument (SI) to be laid to change the Exit day in UK law from tomorrow 12th April – once this is laid future Blog posts will reference the UK Exit day not the international Brexit date]

Yesterday the UK government (Department for International Trade – DIT) issued instructions on Trade Rules of Origin to be used after Brexit – here.

This Blog does not focus on Rules of Origin. [this will likely be the only Blog post on this matter]

The Government instructions set out how to continue to access preferences where the UK has agreed trade continuity arrangements with partner countries, or through the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).

Further advice will be published when the UK leaves the EU.

The UK will implement its own independent Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) scheme from day one after Brexit. It will have its own administration arrangements, but will aim to keep much of the existing administration arrangements as the EU.

To ease the transition, the UK will keep the same qualifying operations as the EU’s rules of origin, and will continue to use FORM A as proof of origin.

The UK will not be able to use the EU’s Registered Exporter Scheme (REX).

To help transition goods arriving into the UK, up to 12 months after 12 April 2019 [this date is now 31st October 2019, we are awaiting the Exit day SI – see earlier] HMRC will allow GSP exporters to use the REX statement on origin as proof that goods originate from a GSP country.

That statement on origin must hold the valid REX registration number of the exporter, and dated no later than 12 April 2020 [this date may also change, when the Instructions are updated with the Exit day change].

[the Brexit date may change, please continue to follow this Blog]

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