Rules of origin

Every year, more than £12 trillion worth of goods are traded amongst the world’s nations in nearly every language on the globe.

How do customs and regulatory authorities know where the goods are coming from in order to impose the applicable duty or product standards?

“Origin” can be understood as the economic nationality of the goods. All internationally traded goods are required to have an origin when they are declared to customs at the point of import and at the time of export.

The question “where are your products from?” seems simple at first glance, but what does it really mean?

Is it where the goods were produced, or where they were shipped from? And if the goods were manufactured in several different countries, where is the cut-off point?

Rules of origin enable customs to answer similar questions and enable them to determine the origin of goods.

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