We offer access to two proprietary IT systems developed to:
Validation of rule of origin:
Online system that interactively guides producers, exporters, and importers of goods, and their advisors, to determine if the inputs used and their production process meet the rules of origin of different trade agreements. The compliance evaluation system also makes correlations between versions of the Harmonized System to facilitate compliance analysis even when the rules of origin are expressed in outdated versions of the tariff nomenclature. This guide not only includes the analysis of the origin of inputs, but also addresses the different facilities provided for in the origin regimes, such as de minimis, cumulation and other clauses. This “origin calculator” generates a compliance report, exportable to PDF, which explains in detail the reason for compliance (or noncompliance), and contains other considerations concerning the export process that must be taken into account to ensure preferential treatment. The report contributes to the analysis and demonstration of compliance with the origin requirements and identifies the inputs that may prevent compliance. This information enables strategic planning of input supply that makes it possible to take advantage of the preferences in a sustained manner.
Correlate the rules of origin based on a change of tariff classification:
Free trade agreements define their rules using the tariff nomenclature in force at the time they are negotiated. Many current agreements came into force at the beginning of the century, using the version of the Harmonized System (HS) in force at that time, and their product lists are outdated, with obsolete HS codes. Additionally, the most common mechanism to define origin requirements is based on a change in tariff classification (more than 90% of the rules in many agreements). If changes in the HS are not taken into account, discrepancies may arise in the compliance analysis among the national authorities involved in trade operations, leading to the loss of preferences. This service provides a correlation to a version of the HS prior to the current one, making it easier to find the products under their current nomenclature and adjusting the tariff shift requirements and their exceptions to the current version of the HS. This system offers special reports to government officials, facilitating the technical rectification of the annexes of their current agreements as per the current version of the HS. At present, the system can update all rules to HS 2017 and the functionality to bring the rules to the 2022 HS version will be available soon.
What information we deliver:
A report covering the rules for all the products negotiated under an agreement expressed in the HS in force
The text of the rules adapted to the HS in force
Recommendations on possible simplifications of the conversion results
Analytical tables explaining the impact of the changes in the tariff nomenclature
Detailed analysis of the correlation between versions of the HS
Variable drafting and presentation formats of the converted rules
Also offered is the nomenclature conversion of the FTAs’ tariff elimination schedules.