October 18, 2019

WTO members examine impact of direct shipment requirements on preference use by LDCs

The impact of product rules of origin on the use of tariff preferences by least developed countries (LDCs) was the focus of discussion at a meeting of the Committee on Rules of Origin on 17-18 October. WTO members examined the impact of direct consignment requirements on the use of tariff preferences by LDCs and whether they are the cause of low utilization rates. Members also discussed the use of tariff preferences in China and reviewed a joint proposal for enhancing transparency in non-preferential rules of origin.

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