Take advantages of EU free trade agreements: online access preferential origin of goods

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Information about preferential origin of goods added.

The Market Access Database (MADB) by the European Union provides exporting companies with information on imports into non-EU countries. The database has now been expanded to include information on the preferential origin of goods. Businesses can check which rules of origin their specific goods must satisfy in order to take advantage of preferences from current EU free trade agreements.

To run a database query, go to “Tariffs” and enter the four- or six digit code of the Harmonized System or a product description. http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

The Commission has launched this pilot project which currently includes 25 countries from the 37 countries covered by the MADB with which the EU has bilateral or regional trade agreements. These Countries covered by the pilot project are: Algeria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia.
Background
The rules of origin are the instruments used in this context to determine if a product exported from the European Union may be considered as sufficiently linked to EU and therefore originating in the EU in order to receive from the partner country the tariff preference granted by it, through the implementation of a free trade agreement.