EU-Canada preferential origin

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Canada. Under this agreement duty rates on traded goods can be reduced or eliminated.

If you are exporting consignments of goods with a value greater than €6,000 to Canada and wish to avail of preferences under the EU-Canada trade agreement (CETA), you should register in Registered Exporters System (REX). To register you should complete the EU exporters to Canada application form and send it to the Origin and Valuation Unit.

However, a transition period exists until 31 December 2017. During this time an exporter to Canada who:

  • is already an approved exporter under any Free Trade Agreement
  • but who is not yet a registered exporter on REX

can make out origin declarations using their approved exporter number as if it was a REX number.

Once an exporter registers in REX, they must use their REX number. From 1 January 2018 all exporters of consignments of goods with a value greater than €6,000 to Canada must be registered in the REX system. From that date, exporters must use their REX number on the origin declaration to claim preference under CETA.

If you are importing from Canada, you can qualify under CETA for preferences, but you do not have to register in REX.

The European Commission provides detailed guidance on the rules of origin in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Further information

If you need further information contact Origin and Valuation Unit.