The Registered Exporter System (REX) in the EU GSP beneficiary countries

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The Registered Exporter System (REX) in the EU GSP beneficiary countries

Due to COVID-19, the European Commission offers more time for implementation

The implementation deadline for the REX system in the countries benefiting from the European Union (EU) scheme of trade preferences (GSP) is no longer 30 June 2020. In case the implementation of the REX is negatively affected by COVID-19, the GSP beneficiary country may obtain an extension.

The REX system

The REX system allows registered exporters to prove the origin of goods on the basis of statements of origin, instead of official certificates of origin (i.e. Form A). Because registered exporters may issue statements of origin themselves, the REX system eliminates the need for the involvement of governmental authorities in the exporting country.

The EU customs legislation has made the availability of the REX system for exporting goods from the GSP beneficiary countries to the EU compulsory. This resulted in the obligation of the GSP countries to fully implement the REX system within a specified deadline. The original implementation deadline was 30 June 2020.

Extension of the implementation deadline

Recognising that COVID-19 may have negatively impacted the ability of the GSP beneficiary countries to implement the REX system within the original deadline, the European Commission has decided to offer the possibility of extending the deadline to 31 December 2020. The full text of the European Commission decision may be accessed here.

The extension of the deadline is available to the GSP beneficiary countries on an individual basis. A GSP beneficiary country experiencing difficulties, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in making the REX system operational by 30 June 2020 would need to submit a written notification to the European Commission and explain why the extension of the deadline is necessary. Where, following such a notification, the deadline is extended, certificates of origin Form A may continue to be issued by the competent authorities of the GSP beneficiary country in question until 31 December 2020.

If you would like to know more about the REX system or the impact of extending the REX system implementation deadline on your business, please get in touch with us.

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