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Free Trade Agreements, preferential and non-preferential origin - 05/04/2016

Free Trade Agreements, preferential and non-preferential origin

The recent (2011) agreements between the European Union and South Korea, which in some cases require Approved Exporter status, as well as the famous transatlantic agreement with the United States that seems to nourish many a dream, and the free trade agreements currently under negotiation with Canada, Japan and about fifty other countries are all likely to alter the global customs landscape and its rules of the game.

Centrimex’s experts in customs regulations explain preferential and non-preferential origins of a product and the rules governing them. Every product has always one and one only non-preferential origin. This is the famous «made in» label we are all familiar with. But we should remind you that the “made in France” label no longer has any meaning in customs terms and that goods that have been produced in France are given the non-preferential origin «European Union».

As no agreement has yet been reached at the WTO (World Trade Organisation), there is no specific universal obligation to label products with their non-preferential origin. However, specific rules may occasionally exist depending on the country of destination. Conversely, once a company has chosen to mark the origin of its products, it must conform to WTO origin marking requirements and to the Community Customs Code.

A product’s preferential origin may or may not exist, may be manifold and may differ according to free trade or unilateral agreements signed by the European Union. So potentially there may be a preferential origin by agreement. Usually the preferential origin and non-preferential origin are identical but this is not always the case, depending mainly on the agreement cumulation rules.

Preferential origin is primarily used to determine the level of awareness of customs duties when importing into the European Union or exporting to the country of destination, based on a «product/country» pair. In order to qualify for preferential origin, it may be necessary to obtain origin declarations, also known as «long-term declarations», from suppliers of components or raw materials, for example.

Approved Exporter Status enables a company to issue origin/invoice declarations for all its products and therefore avoid documents such as the EUR.1 certificate.

Centrimex’s customs experts will be happy to provide you with more detailed information concerning the rules of origin and the measures pertaining to them.

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New maritime consolidation service from Shanghai - 09/03/2016

New maritime consolidation service from Shanghai

Centrimex is proud to announce a new weekly maritime consolidation service from Shanghai that allows you to ship goods even when you do not have sufficient quantities to fill a container. 

Destinations and transit times from Shanghai:

DAKAR – 55 DAYS
ABIDJAN – 66 DAYS
OUAGADOUGOU – 100 DAYS
BAMAKO – 90 DAYS
DOUALA – 61 DAYS
LOME – 66 DAYS
COTONOU – 65 DAYS
POINTE-NOIRE – 70 DAYS
LIBREVILLE – 73 DAYS
NOUACKCHOTT – 60 DAYS

 

For departures from other Chinese ports such as Qingdao, Tianjin and Guangzhou, please contact our Centrimex Shanghai agency or Colimex offices in Africa for all necessary information relating to your shipment.

 

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Newsletter Centrimex February 2016 - 04/02/2016

Newsletter Centrimex February 2016

All Centrimex and Colimex directors, managers and employees would like to present all their customers and partners their very best wishes for 2016. May it be a happy and successful year for you all!

True to the company’s values of respect, availability and pertinence, the teams from Centrimex and Colimex will stay committed throughout 2016 to provide all their customers with responsive and locally-based services with a high level of quality, safety and expertise.

 

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