Inaugural meeting of the EU-UK TCA Trade Specialist Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin scheduled for Thursday

The Specialized Trade Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin (the “Committee“) is due to meet for the first time on Thursday 7 October. The EU / UK Joint Committee was established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (“TCA“) with the role of monitoring and reviewing consistency in the implementation of the TCA rules of origin in the EU and UK as well as the related enforcement, and to provide a common forum to discuss issues related techniques.

On Thursday, the committee will discuss issues ranging from new legislative developments under the respective EU and UK customs regimes, procedural aspects of ETA rules of origin, aspects relating to mutual recognition of authorized economic operator status, to future customs cooperation between the EU and the United Kingdom (the full program is available here). One of the main interests of the customs practitioner community is that the following points should also be discussed:

  1. the preparation of a common interpretative note on “insufficient production” as defined in Article 43 of the TCA. This builds on guidance released by the EU and UK respectively this summer on the concept of ‘underproduction’, available here and here;
  2. a joint draft decision on the consultation procedure in the scenario envisaged in Article 63 (3) of the ACT when an importing party refuses preferential treatment following a notice issued by the exporting party on the originating status of the product concerned and either party requests that a consultation be held; and
  3. the technical adaptation of the rules of origin specific to TCA products in the light of any change in the tariff classification of products following the implementation of the 2022 update of the Harmonized System.

The first meeting of the Specialist Committee on Trade in Goods, which is responsible for issues of market access for goods between the EU and the UK, also takes place this week, Friday 8 October. This joint forum is intended to discuss UK renewable energy programs, EU initiatives to tackle carbon emissions embedded in imports and the exchange of annual import statistics, among others. The meeting agenda is available here.

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