EU extends the transition period provided for REX

The EU has extended the registered exporter system in some beneficiary countries of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU.


According to the EU, all GSP beneficiary countries must apply the registered exporter system (also known as the REX system) as of 30 June 2020 at the latest for the certification of GSP preferential originating status.


After that date, certificates of origin Form A can no longer be issued by the competent authorities of those countries.


COVID-19 impact

The outbreaks of Coronavirus COVID-19 have affected staff in companies and public administrations of GSP beneficiary countries, involved in the management of GSP origin procedures and the establishment and the operation of the REX system. It short, COVID-19 has disrupted regular working procedures, production and trade.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries benefiting from the GSP are facing serious difficulties to respect the 30 June 2020 time-limit for the application of the REX system. The REX system could not be deployed or used due to the pandemic should be able to benefit from an extension of the transition period.


New Deadline

The new deadline is, therefore, now the 31 December 2020, for those countries notifying the EU Commission by 15 July 2020.


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