Glossary term:

Tolerance rule

Provision that allows a small amount of non-originating materials to be used in the production of the goods without affecting their originating status, as long as it does not exceed a certain threshold (usually set at around 10% or 15% of the ex-work price or weight of the good, depending on the preferential trade arrangement). However, if the product specific rule already allows the use of a percentage of non-originating materials, the tolerance cannot be used to exceed that amount. The tolerance rule is also known as ‘de minimis’. 

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