(b) provide information and advice on all matters relating to the determination of the origin of the goods, at the request of a member or of the Committee; Direct transport: Provision that goods claiming preferential treatment under a free trade agreement must be shipped directly from the country of origin of the free trade agreement to the country of destination of the free trade agreement. This method takes into account the degree of manufacture or processing in a country by calculating the value it adds to products. When value added reaches a certain threshold, called a percentage, production or processing is considered essential or sufficient for the goods to acquire originating status in the country where production or processing takes place. A rule based on the value-added requirement can be expressed in one of the following tests: Yes, but first, if you do not agree with the determination of the origin of an importing country or if that country does not comply with the provisions of the WTO Agreement, you or your importer should contact the customs authority of that country and try to resolve the problem. If this attempt fails, the Agreement requires WTO member states to allow immediate review by an independent judicial or administrative tribunal of the importing country, which would have the power to modify or rescind the decision of a customs official. Indirect materials: A provision that specifies that the origin of certain materials (called indirect or neutral) used in the production process should not be taken into account when determining the origin of the final product. In principle, free trade agreements and their rules of origin must be notified as an obligation on the part of WTO members. [7] However, rules of origin in free trade agreements and autonomous trade agreements (e.g. B GSP schemes) are not subject to any substantive WTO requirements. The Convention on Rules of Origin does not regulate how rules of origin are to be formulated and implemented in a free trade agreement or GSP system.

There is only a brief joint statement on preferential rules of origin, which sets out certain standards and recommendations for the formulation of preferential rules of origin. [8] The fact that preferential rules of origin do not fall within the scope of the WTO leads to a further divergence of the «spaghetti bowl» of rules of origin: each free trade agreement and each autonomous trade regime can formulate its own rules of origin. .