The GSP+ arrangement provides additional preferences to countries which ratify and implement a number of international conventions on core human and labour rights, the environment and good governance.

Introduction

The GSP+ arrangement provides additional preferences to countries which ratify and implement a number of international conventions on core human and labour rights, the environment and good governance. European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 1/2014 identified the countries initially granted GSP+ status under these arrangements and details were outlined in Customs Information Paper (CIP) (14) 01. Further countries were added to the list with effect from 28 February 2014 (Customs information Paper (14) 15 refers).

Changes to GSP+ Beneficiaries

On 24 December 2014 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 1386/2014 was published in Official Journal L369/33 amending the list of GSP+ beneficiaries to include the Philippines. This took effect from 25 December 2014. Changes resulting from the annual review of GSP beneficiary countries were notified in Customs Information Paper (14) 86. This advised that Ecuador would cease to benefit from GSP+ with effect from 1 January 2015 as it had been classified by the World Bank as an upper-middle income country for three consecutive years.

GSP+ Beneficiaries as at 1 January 2015

The countries eligible for GSP+ preferential treatment as at 1 January 2015 are:

  • Armenia
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines

Goods imported from these countries are eligible for GSP+ preferential treatment on condition that they meet the rules of origin and subject to the presentation of an authorised GSP Form A.

CHIEF (Customs Handling Import Export Freight) system has been updated and the Tariff will be updated in due course.

Tariff Treatment for Goods Originating in Ecuador

Ecuador has entered into negotiations with the European Union to become a Party to the Trade Agreement between the EU and Columbia and Peru. Following the initialling of the Protocol of Accession to this Agreement on 14 December 2014, an interim arrangement is to be applied to establish a free-trade area with Ecuador. This will avoid unnecessary disruption to trade pending the provisional application of the Agreement.

Details of these arrangements are set out in Regulation (EU) 1384/2014 which was published in Official Journal L372/5.
The Regulation provides for the maintenance of the level of duty rates previously available to Ecuador under the GSP+ arrangements.

The entitlement to benefit from the tariff treatment provided for under these arrangements is conditional on compliance with the relevant rules of origin and on presentation of an authorised GSP Form A certificate.

Further Information

Further information about the GSP changes can be found on the European Commission website: Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) or alternatively please contact Abigail Peake on 01254 356473 or [email protected]

Source:- HM Revenue & Customs