What is Preferential Origin?
The European Union has concluded trade arrangements with certain non - EU countries which allow exports from the EU to enter the markets of these countries at a reduced or nil rate of duty while imports from these countries may enter the EU at reduced or nil rates of duty. These arrangements are known as Preferential Trade Agreements and the duties involved are referred to as preferential rates of duty.
- Notice to Importers - GSP - Removal of Thailand, China, Ecuador and the Maldives from the GSP with effect from 1.1.2015 (PDF, 80KB)
- Notice to Importers - Revised GSP Scheme from 1st January 2014 (PDF, 193KB)
- Notice to Importers - Tuna products from Thailand (PDF, 89KB)
- Information for Traders on Preferential Imports/Exports
- Simplified Procedure for the issue of Origin Documentation.
- Binding Origin Information
- Supplier’s Declarations: Information for Traders
- Preferential Origin - Cumulation between the Community and Pan Euro Med States
- New Trade Agreement with South Korea (does not allow EUR.1 Certificates as proof of Origin) (PDF, 58KB)
- Preferential Tariff Treatment for Imports from Israel (PDF, 22KB)
What is GSP?
The Generalised System of Preferences (known as GSP for short) is a scheme whereby a wide range of industrial and agricultural products originating in certain developing countries are given preferential access to the markets of the European Union.
Preferential treatment is given in the form of reduced or zero rates of customs duties.
The GSP scheme is specifically designed to benefit certain developing countries and integrate them into the world economy.
What are Tariff Quotas?
Tariff Quotas are Annual Limits laid down by the EU within which certain products originating in countries outside the EU may be imported at preferential rates of duty (either at a reduced or zero rate). The amount which may be imported can be expressed in units of quantity, value, volume or weight and the period during which the Tariff Quota is available can be limited.