EU: Registered Exporter System

The Registered Exporter system (the REX system) is the system of certification of origin of goods that applies in the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) of the European Union since 1 January 2017.


It is based on a principle of self-certification by economic operators who will make out themselves so-called statements on origin.

Exporter Registration required in home country

To be entitled to make out a statement on origin, an economic operator will have to be registered in a database by his competent authorities. The economic operator will become a "registered exporter".

REX - originally for GSP

The REX system was introduced in the GSP rules of origin by the amending Regulation (EU) No 1063/2010 in the context of the reform of the GSP rules of origin in 2010. While the other elements of the reform have taken their effect as from 1 January 2011, the application of the REX system has been deferred to 1 January 2017, to give enough time to the GSP beneficiary countries to be ready.

Next Steps on REX

The REX system will progressively and completely replace the current system of origin certification based on certificates of origin issued by governmental authorities and on invoice declarations made out under certain conditions by economic operators. This means as well that the REX system is used between GSP beneficiary countries applying regional cumulation.

Bilateral Trade Agreements and REX

Progressively, the REX system will also be applied in the context of bilateral trade agreements between the EU and the partner countries. CETA, the free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada will be the first such agreement.

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