CIRFS Webinar - Allowing trade and FTAs to work: the role of Rules of Origin

 28 September 2021 from 14:00 to 17:00 (CET)


What are Rules of origin (RoOs) and why are they important?

  • RoOs can be defined as the criteria that are used by customs authorities to determine the location where a good has been produced.
  • They are are often wrongly seen as a simple technical matter that is best left to specialists and they attract little attention by policymakers.
  • However, RoOs are a key instrument through which trade policy is made effective.


What will you learn from this webinar?

  • You will get to know more about RoOs from both a theoretical and practical point of view.
  • Distinguished speakers from the European Commission will explore the general concepts of non-preferential rules of origin, focus also on RoOs from EU FTAs such as Canada, Japan, Vietnam and the UK and will increase the participants’ knowledge on RoOs of the Pan-Euro-Med area. Last but not least, a well-known speaker from the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in the United States will present us the yarn-forward (or also known as triple transformation) RoO and explain the rationale behind it and why is the rule favoured by the US textile sector in the US bilateral FTAs.
  • The webinar intends also to discuss about the impacts of different types of rules, to explore the political economy of the drivers of RoOs (for e.g. how are they "modulated" to determine the ability of foreign companies to benefit from preferential access to markets) and how can RoOs be less of a barrier to trade.