The EU and Jordan have agreed to a temporary relaxation of the rules of origin for specific goods imported to the EU under Decision No 1/2006 of the EU‐Jordan Association Council of 15 June 2006 Protocol 3 to the Euro‐Mediterranean Agreement, concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative co-operation Official Journal L209, 31 July 2006.

This is intended to create 200,000 jobs in Jordan for Syrian refugees over the next 5 years.

2. Details of the derogation from the rules of origin

The rules have only been relaxed for goods ranging from chapters 25 to 96 and to qualify for this derogation they must satisfy the conditions in Protocol 3 and all of the conditions below.

All processing must be conducted in the following industrial Development Zones and Industrial Areas:

Industrial area or zone City
Alhussein Bin Abdullah II Industrial City Alkarak
Aljeeza Industrial Area Amman
Alqastal Industrial Area Amman
Al Quwayrah Industrial Area Aqaba
Al Tajamuat Industrial City Sahab
Dulail Industrial City Zarqa
El-Hashmieh Industrial Area Zarqa
El-Ressaiefeh Industrial Areas Zarqa
El-Sukhneh Industrial Area Zarqa
Irbid Development Zone and Irbid Alhassan Industrial City
King Abdullah II Bin Alhussein City Sahab
King Hussein Bin Talal Development Zone Mafraq (including Mafraq Industrial City)
Ma’an Development Zone Ma’an
Marka Industrial Area Amman
Muwaqqar Industrial City Amman
Wadi El-Eisheh Industrial Area Zarqa

A proof of origin (EUR1, EUR/MED or invoice declaration) must be made out in accordance to this Annex with the following statement in English:

‘Derogation – Annex II(a) of Protocol 3 – the name of the Development Zone or industrial area and the authorisation number granted by the competent authorities of Jordan’.

It wasn’t possible to benefit from this derogation until Jordan began issuing authorisation numbers to its exporters. They published a list of authorised exporters on 8 March 2017. You can check their name, authorisation number and the commodity code by referring to the Jordanian customs website.

The description of the commodity code is also listed but currently this is only available in Arabic. The EU will request an English translation.

The relaxed rules of origin are listed in Annex II(a) of Protocol 3 to the agreement:

Council Decision (EU) 2016/1315 of 18 July 2016 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the EU, within the Association Committee established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their member states, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, as regards a temporary amendment to Protocol 3 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative co-operation as a response in favour of the refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria Official Journal L208, 2 August 2016.

This derogation ends on 31 December 2026.

3. Further information

For further information email:

Issued on 11 July 2017 by Customer Strategy and Tax Design, Customs Directorate, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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