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Understanding the Rules of Origin

When and Where

  • Date: 13 April 2021
  • Start & End Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Address: Online

Event Details

Understanding Rules of Origin within the context of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Learn how to correctly determine and declare the origin of your goods to ensure continued tariff-free access to the EU

Both the UK and EU were explicit in their objective to secure tariff-free trade as part of the future trading relationship. Whilst the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) does deliver tariff and quota-free trade, companies need to comply with Rules of Origin (RoO) specified within the agreement to benefit from these preferential terms. Rules of Origin determine from where a product originates and therefore what duties in attracts; for companies who have exclusively traded within the EU bloc and with goods in ‘free circulation’, these rules can be complex and overwhelming. Similarly, as no two preferential agreements are identical, even seasoned international traders will benefit from clarification around the TCA.

During this webinar, Andrea Collins of The Export Department will be discussing RoO within the context of the UK-EU TCA. In particular, Andrea will be explaining originating status, bilateral cumulation, minimal operations, product-specific rules, general tolerance rule, the direct transport rule, and providing proof of origin i.e. supplier declarations and importer’s knowledge.

RoO pose commercial considerations, opportunities and challenges for UK businesses; this webinar will explore these and more.

Learning outcomes

  • What origin is and the part it plays in international trade
  • Specific origin rules within the TCA
  • Principles of bilateral cumulation
  • Proving origin, completing origin declarations and evidencing importer’s knowledge
  • Combining origin and customs procedures


Andrea is an international trade specialist with almost 25 years’ experience in the industry. A linguist fluent in French and Spanish, Andrea specialises in importing, exporting, Brexit preparedness, business resilience, and business growth. A passionate ambassador of UK micro-businesses and SMEs, she launched The Export Department to assist these companies to expand their horizons internationally and raise the profile of UK goods and services abroad.

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