Revision of the Visa Rules-Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)

For  the  purpose  of  implementing  the  Rules  of  Origin  for  the  ASEAN-China  Free Trade  Area  (ACFTA),  the  following  operational  procedures  on  the  issuance  and verification  of  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  and  other  related  administrative matters shall be followed:

DEFINITIONS

Rule 1 For the purposes of this Attachment:

‘Movement  Certificate’  means  a  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  issued  by  an intermediate exporting Party, based on the original Certificate of Origin (Form E) issued  by  the  first  exporting  Party  proving  the  origin  status  of  the  products  in question;
 
‘Customs Authority’ means the competent authority that is responsible under the law of a Party for the administration of customs laws and regulations;
 
‘Exporter’  means  a  natural  or  juridical  person  located  in  the  territory  of  a  Party from where a product is exported by such a person;
 
‘Importer’  means  a  natural  or  juridical  person  located  in  the  territory  of  a  Party into where a product is imported by such a person;
 
‘Issuing  Authorities’  means  any  government  authority  or  other  entity  authorized under the domestic laws, regulations and administrative rules of a Party to issue a Certificate of Origin (Form E).

ISSUING AUTHORITIES
 
Rule 2

The Certificate of Origin (Form E) shall be issued by the Issuing Authorities of the exporting Party.

Rule 3

       (a)  A Party shall inform all the other Parties of the names and addresses of its respective  Issuing  Authorities  and  shall  provide  specimen  signatures  and specimen  of  official  seals,  and  correction  stamps,  if  any,  used  by  its  Issuing Authorities.
       (b)   The  above  information  and  specimens  shall  be  provided  to  all  the  other Parties  to  the  Agreement  and  a  copy  furnished  to  the  ASEAN  Secretariat.  A Party  shall  promptly  inform  all  the  other  Parties  of  any  changes  in  names, addresses, or official seals in the same manner.

Rule 4

For the purpose of verifying the conditions for preferential treatment, the Issuing Authorities  shall  have  the right  to  call  for  any  supporting  documentary  evidence or  to  carry  out  any  checks  considered  appropriate.  If  such  right  cannot  be obtained through the existing domestic laws, regulations and administrative rules, it shall be inserted as a clause in the application form referred to in Rules 5 and 6.

APPLICATIONS
 
Rule 5

       (a)  The  exporter  and/or  the  manufacturer  of  the  products  qualified  for preferential  treatment  shall  apply  in  writing  to  the  Issuing  Authorities  requesting for the pre-exportation verification of the origin of the products. The result of the verification,  subject  to  review  periodically  or  whenever  appropriate,  shall  be accepted as the supporting evidence in verifying the origin of the said products to be  exported  thereafter.  The pre-verification  may  not  apply  to  the  products  of which, by their nature, origin can be easily verified.
       (b)  For  locally-procured  materials,  self-declaration  by  the  final  manufacturer exporting  under  the  ACFTA  shall  be  used  as  the  basis  when  applying  for  the issuance of the Certificate of Origin (Form E).

Rule 6

At  the  time  of  carrying  out  the  formalities  for  exporting  the  products  under preferential  treatment,  the  exporter  or  his  authorised  representative  shall  submit a  written  application  for  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  together  with appropriate  supporting  documents  proving  that  the  products  to  be  exported qualify for the issuance of a Certificate of Origin (Form E).

PRE-EXPORTATION EXAMINATION

Rule 7

The  Issuing  Authorities  shall,  to  the  best  of  their  competence  and  ability,  carry out  proper  examination  of  each  application  for  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E) to ensure that:
       (a)  The application and the  Certificate of Origin (Form E) are duly completed in  accordance  with  the  requirements  as  defined  in  the  overleaf  notes  of  the Certificate of Origin (Form E), and signed by the authorised signatory;
       (b)  The  origin  of  the  product  is  in  conformity  with  the  Rules  of  Origin  for  the ACFTA;
       (c)  The  other  statements  of  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  correspond  to supporting documentary evidence submitted;
       (d)  Description,  quantity  and  weight  of  products,  marks  and  number  of packages, number and kinds of packages, as specified, conform to the products to be exported;
       (e)  Multiple items declared on the same Certificate of Origin (Form E) shall be allowed subject to the domestic laws, regulations and administrative rules of the importing Party provided each item must qualify separately in its own right.

ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN (FORM E)
Rule 8

       (a)  The  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  must  be  in  ISO  A4  size  paper  in conformity  to  the  specimen  as  shown  in  Attachment  C.  It  shall  be  made  in English.
       (b)  The Certificate of Origin (Form E) shall comprise one original and two (2) carbon copies of the following colours:
              Original -   Beige (Pantone color code: 727c)
              Duplicate-  Light Green (Pantone color code: 622c)
              Triplicate-  Light Green (Pantone color code: 622c)
        (c)  Each  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  shall  bear  a  reference  number separately given by each place of office of issuance.
       (d)  The  original  copy  of  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  shall  be  forwarded by  the  exporter  to  the  importer  for  submission  to  the  Customs  Authority  at  the port  or  place  of  importation.  The  duplicate  copy  shall  be  retained  by  the  Issuing Authorities  in  the  exporting  Party.  The  triplicate  copy  shall  be  retained  by  the exporter.
       (e)   In cases when a Certificate of Origin (Form E) is rejected by the Customs Authority of the importing Party, the subject Certificate of Origin (Form E) shall be marked accordingly in Box 4.
       (f)  In cases where a Certificate of Origin (Form E) is not accepted, as stated in paragraph (e), the Customs Authority of the importing Party shall consider the clarifications  made  by  the  Issuing  Authorities  and  assess  whether  or  not  the Certificate of Origin (Form E) can be accepted for the granting of the preferential treatment.  The  clarification  shall  be  detailed  and  exhaustive  in  addressing  the grounds for denial of preferential treatment raised by the importing Party.

Rule 9

To implement the provisions of Rule 2 of the Rules of Origin for the ACFTA, the Certificate of Origin (Form E) issued by the final exporting Party shall indicate the origin criteria or applicable percentage of ACFTA value content in Box 8.

Rule 10

Neither erasures nor superimposition shall be allowed on the Certificate of Origin (Form  E).  Any  alteration  shall  be  made  by  striking  out  the  erroneous  materials and  making  any  addition  required.  Such  alterations  shall  be  approved  by  an official  authorised  to  sign  the  Certificate  of  Origin  (Form  E)  and  certified  with official seals or correction stamps of the Issuing Authorities. Unused spaces shall be crossed out to prevent any subsequent addition.

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