Trade Policy at Work WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

WTO Ministerial Decisions on Simplified Preferential Rules of Origin for LDCs: An Overview of their Implementation

Rules of origin provide the basis upon which to determine where a product is made, and hence assess its eligibility to trade preferences such as those granted to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). However, determining origin of most product’s is increasingly difficult given that raw materials and input components are often sourced from different countries. This is why WTO members adopted in 2013 and 2015 guidelines which may be followed in devising simpler RoO regimes for LDCs. This note analyses the status of implementation of these decisions so far.