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The different proofs of origin in the GSP scheme

To get preferential treatment for goods from a GSP county, they must be accompanied by a proof of origin.

The following proofs of origin can be used: 

  • REX declaration of origin
  • REX replacement declaration for import via the EU or Switzerland
  • Certificate of origin Form A

 

REX declaration of origin and replacement declaration of origin

To issue a declaration of origin, the exporter must be registered with a valid REX number in the REX system. However, it is possible for unregistered exporters to issue declarations of origin for consignments of originating products whose value does not exceed EUR 6,000.

The letter "P" applies to goods being wholly obtained (see Norwegian Customs Regulation, section 8-4-32). Therefore, textiles wholly obtained in one country may use the letter "P".

The letter "W" applies to goods being sufficiently worked or processed (see Norwegian Customs Regulation, section 8-4-33). The relevant HS-code are to be stated after the letter "W".

If you export products being used as input materials in the production of goods in a GSP country, you may use REX declaration of origin. The exported product must be an originating product. 

"Norway cumulation" must be stated on the declaration.

Certificate of origin Form A

This will only be accepted for goods with origin in China, Guatemala or Ecuador. Otherwise you use REX declaration of origin or replacement declaration of origin.

China and Guatemala are awaiting to formalize free trade agreements and will therefore not join the REX system. The free trade agreement between EFTA and Ecuador entered into force November 1, 2020. You may use Formular A until January 31, 2021.  

Form A is used if the goods arrive directly from China, Guatemala or Ecuador, to Norway. Each consignment must be accompanied by a Certificate of origin Form A. For customs clearance, this certificate must have been completed in and certified by a competent authority in the GSP country, and the recipient of the goods must be a Norwegian company or person. 

Transit shipments are permitted for goods that constitute a single shipment through one or more countries, including for transhipment or temporary storage. If the goods are cleared for free circulation by customs in another country, they lose their origin and you must pay full customs duties upon import into Norway. 

It is not permitted to do anything with the goods while in transit unless this is necessary to keep them in good condition (see Norwegian Customs Regulations, section 8-4-38-b). 

The letter "P" applies to goods being wholly obtained (see Norwegian Customs Regulation, section 8-4-32). Therefore, textiles wholly obtained in one country may use the letter "P".

The letter "W" applies to goods being sufficiently worked or processed (see Norwegian Customs Regulation, section 8-4-33). The relevant HS-code are to be stated after the letter "W".

Replacement Certificate of origin Form A

Replacement Certificate of origin Form A is no longer in use as REX replacement declaration of origin should be used.

Certificates of origin are time-limited

Regardless of which proof of origin is used, it is valid for 10 months from the date of issue. 

Certificate of origin Form A must be completed in English or French in accordance with the instructions on the back of the form. If completed by hand, the form must be completed in ink, using block capitals.