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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Fiji to ensure improved rules of origin

Fiji has commenced consultations with industry stakeholders to take advantage of the discussions on rules of origin held in between the 14 Pacific ACP States (PACPS) and the European Union (EU) in December 2012, as part of  the negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
Fiji is already a signatory to the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement, which grants Fijian products a “duty free-quota free” entry into the European market, provided the product meets and satisfies the European Union (EU) rules of origin requirements.
“The on-going negotiations on the CEPA is also an opportunity for Fiji to ensure that the final rules of origin provide sufficient flexibility to address the challenges faced by small island developing states like Fiji, in developing its manufacturing and agriculture-based sectors to export to the EU” said the Fijian Permanent Secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali.
The Rules of Origin criteria and other non-tariff barriers are considered key impediments to “duty free access” under the EPA”. During the technical negotiations last December, Fiji and the Pacific ACP countries achieved significant breakthrough in the negotiations with the EU.
Fiji has already secured favourable Rules of Origin for canned fish and cooked loins, through the global sourcing provisions in the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (IEPA) by providing industry-specific details on the problems that the fishing industry faced in complying with the EU Rules of Origin.


Source: thejetnewspaper.com

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