Contains provisions for the establishment of a permanent trade facilitation committee within the WTO and the requirement for WTO members to have a national committee to facilitate the coordination and implementation of the provisions of the agreement. It also contains a number of final provisions, such as the possibility of adopting regional approaches to the implementation of the TFA. Agreements are generally written in English and French and sometimes in other national languages in which they are negotiated. The database currently contains more than 300 agreements. Access to the information database is free for WCO members and will be available to the private sector from March 2011 for a small annual fee. Under the revised Kyoto Agreement, a certificate of origin “is only required when necessary” to take trade measures (anti-dumping, quantitative restrictions) or for preferential purposes. The WTO agreement on rules of origin makes no reference to certification. However, a guarantee of origin is generally required to receive preferential treatment, in accordance with the provisions of the free trade agreement concerned. It is recommended that the customs administration of the import or export country be contacted to provide details on aspects of the procedure. The database uses the basic text of the rules of origin (general rules of origin) for all the agreements it contains.
While the full legal text of trade agreements and all annexes of the rules of origin is not included in the database, the legal texts of the agreements and the ancillary rules of origin (i.e. product-specific rules of origin) can be accessed using the address or record contained in each agreement. These fact sheets contain the following information on the various agreements: WCO News February 2019 “Overview of the sector of the Free Zone of the Dominican Republic” by the Directorate General of Customs, Dominican Republic “Rules of origin are defined as the laws, regulations and administrative provisions applied by each member in determining the country of origin of the goods, provided that these rules of origin are not linked to contractual or autonomous commercial regimes that result in the granting of preferences beyond the application of Article I, paragraph 1, of the 1994 GATT.” (Article 1.1).