• Service: Tax, Global Indirect Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 10/25/2013

EU - Expanded “rules of origin” for North African imports 

October 25:  The European Commission has adopted proposals to extend the partial exemption from duty-drawback prohibition in the origin agreements (protocols) to the “association agreements” with Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia until 31 December 2015.

As noted in the EC release [PDF 54 KB], these measures continue to allow duty-free imports of products originating in these countries into the European Union, without first requiring customs duty on imported materials used in the manufacture of the subject products.

This effectively puts production in these countries on the same footing with production in the EU and, as such, facilitates their market access to the EU and promotes their economic development.

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