Rules of Origin: Preference and Non-preference POSTPONED

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 primary rules and residual 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 EU Free Trade Agreement. Be aware of the new customs computer Customs Declaration Service (CDS). We shall discuss Brexit, and how that may impact on your international trade.

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 select 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. Consider how Brexit and CDS may affect your current procedures and practices.

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 and sufficiently processed, last substantial transformation
• Origin rules for change of origin
• HS codes, tariff headings and chapter digits
• Tariff and preferential duty rates
• EUR1, low value invoice declaration
• Approved Exporter Status
• Originating Material and Non-Originating Material
• ATR & Free Circulation
• Free Trade Agreements
• GSP, ReX Pan-European Mediterranean
• Cumulation : Bilateral & Diagonal & Full
• Donor Country
• Customs Declaration Service (CDS)
• Brexit – Customs Law, the Union Customs Code (UCC).
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 own product range. Know how to complete the various origin and preference documents. Be more aware of the changes on the horizon; Brexit, CDS, and understand what challenges Brexit may bring to the topic of origin.


HMRC have extended the deadline for customs training funding until 31 January 2021.
Make sure you are prepared and get grant funding to cover your training costs
whilst it is still available.
The funding will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees,
up to a limit of £2,250 per trainee.

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How to book

To book your place(s) please contact Rose Griffiths on 01223 209817 or email including your company name, all delegate names and job titles, and a contact telephone number. Payment for the course is required at the time of booking.


Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Clifford House, 2 Station Yard Oakington, Cambridge CB24 3AH

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9.15am - 5.00pm


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