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Provisional application of CETA

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 by Customs 4 Trade

Today, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) enters into provisional application. The trade part of the agreement starts to apply as of today, delivering benefits to EU and Canadian businesses.

CETA is the first EU FTA to use the Registered Exporter System (REX), a system of self-certification of origin by registered exporters. Progressively, other EU FTAs will also start to apply REX, such as the agreement with Vietnam. It is important to understand that operators only need to register in the REX system one single time; the number generated will be valid to certify the preferential origin of goods in the context of CETA, and in the context of any future EU trade agreements that will apply REX. Likewise, if the exporter already has a REX number in the GSP context, that same number can be used in the context of CETA.

For exports to Canada, EU exporters have a transitional period to register in REX until 31 December 2017. Operators that are not REX registered may continue to issue statements of origin using their Approved Exporter number until 31 December 2017. After that date, only REX registered exporters will be allowed to make origin declarations for exports to Canada. We suggest that exporters that are not yet REX registered to apply for a registration before the end of this transitional period, to avoid disruptions. A detailed guidance about the REX system and the application process can be found here. If you need any assistance, contact us at

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