Glossary term:

Rules of origin

Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports. Rules of origin differ widely from country to country and from trade agreement to trade agreement While the requirement of substantial transformation is universally recognised, some countries or trade agreements apply the criterion of change of tariff classification, others the ad valorem percentage criterion and yet others the criterion of manufacturing or processing operation.

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