Please note the following changes affecting entitlement to preference from certain countries and which take effect from the dates specified.
From 15 December 2016 Ghana started to provisionally apply the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana, of the one part, and the European Union (EU) and its member states, of the other part.
In the absence of a protocol on rules of origin in the agreement, the applicable rules of origin for Ghana exports are those contained in Annex II of the Market Access Regulation.
General System of Preference (GSP)
Changes to GSP with effect from 1 January 2017
Regulation (EU) 2015/1979 explains the following have been classified as upper-middle income countries in 2013, 2014 and 2015. As a result they will lose access to GSP with effect from 1 January 2017 and are removed from Annex II of Regulation (EU) 978/2012:
- Marshall Islands
As there are no other preferential trade agreements for Iraq, Marshall Islands and Tonga imports from these countries will be at the full rate of duty.
From 1 January 2017 exports to and imports from Fiji will only be eligible for preference under Protocol II of the EU interim Partnership Agreement with Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
Cameroon will lose access to GSP with effect from 1 January 2017 as it now has an Economic Partnership Agreement.
Suspension of GSP for certain countries and sectors
|Country||GSP section (Article 2(j) of GSP regulation||Description|
|S-6a||Inorganic and organic chemicals|
|S-14||Pearls and precious metals|
|S-15a||Iron, Steel and articles of iron and steel|
|S-15b||Base metals (exclude iron and steel), articles of base metals
(exclude articles of iron and steel)
|S-17b||Motor vehicles, bicycles, aircraft and spacecraft, ships and boats|
|Indonesia||S-1a||Live animals and animal products excluding fish|
|S-3||Animal or vegetable oils, fats and waxes|
|Kenya||S-2a||Live plants and floricultural products|
|Ukraine||S-3||Animal or vegetable oils, fats and waxes|
|S-17a||Railway and tramway vehicles and products|
The European parliament has approved Ecuador’s accession to the EU Colombia/Peru Free Trade Agreement therefore it is entitled to preference under this agreement with effect from 1 January 2017.
Changes from 1 January 2019
The United Nations removed Samoa from least developed country status on 1 January 2014. As a result Samoa no longer qualifies for Everything But Arms (EBA) beneficiary status and will lose access to EBA from 1 January 2019, following a transitional period. From this date Samoa will only be eligible for standard access to GSP under the general arrangement and will be removed from Annex IV of Regulation (EU) 978/2012.
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Issued on the 5 January 2017 by Customs Directorate, HMRC.
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