On 5th June 2020, the Commission adopted Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/750 for extending the transition period for the application of the REX system in certain beneficiary countries of the Generalised System of Preferences.

There are 21 beneficiary countries of the GSP scheme, which have applied the REX system since January 2019 and are in the phase out period of Form A as origin certificate. Their initial deadline to phase out Form A is June 30, 2020. Due to difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, however, this process is facing delays.

The new Regulation provides for an extension of this deadline until 31 December 2020 on the condition that the countries concerned

  • Send a notification to the European Commission stating that the delay is clearly linked to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Add to this notification a workplan on the steps planned to comply with the extended deadline

The notification should be sent to DG TAXUD (TAXUD-UNIT-E5@ec.europa.eu) in writing by 15 July 2020 at the latest.

For more information:

Read Regulation (EU) 2020/750