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PREFERENTIAL QUALIFICATION FOR MALAWIAN EXPORTS TO EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES

PREFERENTIAL QUALIFICATION FOR MALAWIAN EXPORTS TO EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES

The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is informing exporters that there are set procedures required by European Union (EU) countries for Malawian goods to qualify for preferential treatment under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).

The EU’s GSP removes import duties from products coming into the EU market from vulnerable developing countries. This helps developing countries to alleviate poverty and create jobs based on international values and principles, including labour and human rights. However, exporters of qualifying wholly produced or grown Malawian goods will be required to get registered by MRA through the EU REX system in order for them to benefit from the preferential treatment once they land in the destination country within the EU.

MRA is therefore advising all prospective exporters to the EU to fully acquaint themselves with the required processes in order to qualify for the GSP rules of origin for purposes of preferential treatment of their exports. This approach will enable submission of correct statements on origin in terms of the EU’s legal provisions.

The GSP-related provisions in the EU law are set out here under: 

Articles 37, 41 to 58 and Annexes 22-03 to 22-05 of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs CodeArticles 60, 70 to 112 and Annexes 22-06 to 22-10 of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs Code

The links to EU websites are: 

• GSP origin rules https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/calculation-customs-duties/rules-origin/general-aspects-preferential-origin/a-guide-users-gsp-rules-origin_en 

• REX System https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/calculation-customs-duties/rules-origin/general-aspects-preferential-origin/arrangements-list/generalised-system-preferences/the_register_exporter_system_en

For more information, you may contact Edwin Starch on 0888952139 or estarch@mra.mw or Steven Kapoloma on 0888986200 or skapoloma@mra.mw. The links are also accessible from the MRA website: www.mra.mw

 

John S. Biziwick
COMMISSIONER GENERAL

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