The certificate of origin was required to include a “quick response code” to verify its authenticity and data accuracy
“Economy”: an executive regulation that defines the criteria for considering the product as “national.”
Abdullah Al Saleh: The regulation establishes the unity and completeness of the laws of rules and certificates of origin in the country.
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The Ministry of Economy announced the details of the executive regulations of Federal Law No. 11 of 2019, regarding the rules and certificates of origin in the country, pursuant to Cabinet Resolution No. 43 of 2022, stressing that the regulation establishes the unity and completeness of the legislation of rules and certificates of origin in the country, and defines a clear set of standards that are Through which the product is considered national or not.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh, said that the executive regulations of Federal Law No. (11) of 2019 regarding rules and certificates of origin in the country, pursuant to Cabinet Resolution No. 43 of 2022, which was recently issued, represents a pivotal step in the state’s efforts to regulate rules It was established with a proactive vision, in accordance with international best practices, and comes as a complement to the legislative environment regulating business and trade activities, stressing that the regulation is in the interest of facilitating the access of national exports to global markets, and enhancing the reputation of the Emirati product.
He added, during a media briefing held at the Ministry's headquarters in Dubai, yesterday, that the regulation establishes the unity and completeness of the legislation of the rules and certificates of origin in the country, instead of issuing them in separate legislation since 1983, noting that the regulation took into account the principle of transparency in commercial transactions, as it clarified in detail the rules Procedural and substantive issues related to determining the origin of the product, the method of issuing non-preferential certificates of origin for national products, the authorities concerned with issuing certificates in the country, and the role of each of them.
Al Saleh revealed that the regulation specified the mechanisms for dealing with certificates of origin for goods imported to the state, and the distribution of roles and competencies in their regard, which gives investors, exporters, traders and commodity providers a clear view of the rules that are applied regarding their products in accordance with the certificate of origin that they hold.
Al Saleh stated that the regulation specified the distribution of competencies clearly and without overlapping roles, with regard to the issuance of non-preferential certificates of origin between the Ministry of Economy and Chambers of Commerce and Industry, according to the type of certificate of origin for national products and foreign products re-exported, indicating that preferential certificates are issued to markets that deal with exports. UAE preferential treatment, according to free trade agreements.
He said that the regulation sets a clear set of criteria by which the product is considered national or not, including the required manufacturing processes, the inputs to the manufacturing process and other criteria, and this has a fundamental role in maintaining and promoting the reputation of the UAE product globally.
He pointed out that the regulation compulsorily approved the necessity of including a non-preferential certificate of origin issued by the state, a QR Code, which represents a digital reference that allows the concerned authorities in the importing countries to verify the validity of the certificate and the accuracy of its data, which enhances confidence in UAE exports, and facilitates its access to Global markets without administrative impediments.
He added that the regulation defines ways to control certificates of origin for imported goods, and to ensure that these certificates are not tampered with, and thus prevent any evasion from paying customs duties, cases of application of anti-dumping duties, support and prevention, and other measures to confront practices harmful to trade, procedures, restrictions and obligations associated with foreign trade, as well as On strengthening the foreign trade database and statistics at the national level.
The regulation also clarifies cases of exemption from submitting a non-preferential certificate of origin, which are generally goods imported into the country for personal purposes, or in non-commercial quantities, which helps to facilitate procedures and reduce documents in customs clearance processes, and it can also be replaced by submitting a non-preferential certificate of origin By submitting a commercial invoice issued by the competent authority of the country of export with proven origin, or the presence of an indication of origin on the product that cannot be removed.
Al Saleh revealed that the total certificates of origin issued during the past year exceeded one million certificates of origin, which varied between more than 300,000 preferential certificates of origin from the ministry, and more than 700,000 certificates of origin from the chambers of commerce.
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