Addressing Origin Operational Challenges

Date period
10 March 2017

This paper reviews reciprocal and unilateral preferential rules of origin, including the possibility of introducing expanded cumulation flexibilities to show why they are seemingly resistant to harmonisation and simplification efforts. It explains, from a practitioner’s perspective, several of the main administrative and structural challenges faced by large and small producers, and in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, in both developing and developed economies. It then proposes some policy options and practical solutions to address these challenges.

The RTA Exchange, jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is a platform that convenes purposeful multi-stakeholder dialogues that work in the interest of constructing better trade and investment agreements for sustainable development  at the regional and multilateral levels.