What is tolerance?

In case the rule of origin attributed to your product is not satisfied (see sufficiently transformed goods section) the product may still be considered as originating from that country.

The rule of origin can still apply if the value of the non-originating materials (that do not fulfil the rule) does not exceed a concrete threshold specified in each set of rules of origin.

This threshold is normally 10% or 15% of the ex-work price of your good.


How it works 

If the rule attributed to your good is as that described in sufficiently transformed goods section, there are three scenarios where tolerance may apply:

  • The change of tariff classification: the tolerance permits you to use non-originating materials which have different tariff headings than the final product value - as long as the value of these materials do not exceed the tolerance threshold. This threshold is specified in the relevant rules of origin.
  • Manufacture from certain products: because of cumulation the tolerance permits you to use non-originating materials that represent a later stage of production - provided that their value does not exceed the tolerance threshold. This threshold is specified in the relevant set of rules of origin.
  • The value added rule: note that you cannot use the tolerance as the threshold of the specific rule of origin attributed to your product percentage cannot be exceeded in any case.