ECONOMYNEXT – A guide for exporters to the European Union’s GSP+ trade deal giving duty free access has been published and can be downloaded free of charge, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said.
The guide explains relevant rules of origin applicable to apparel under GSP+ , relevant institutions in EU and additional resources such as web portals where Sri Lankan exporters can obtain more information, a statement said.
It also lists requirements for Lankan apparel exporters to secure GSP+ such as the Cost statement35 or affidavit36, the Material Sheet for garment/apparel products37 and Material sheet for other products than garment38.
Titled the “EU GSP+ Business Guide for Sri Lankan Exporters”, the manual is produced by Geneva’s International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and funded by the EU.
“This is another proof of our unity government’s transparent approach to international trade,” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
The guide highlights the GSP Regulation enumerating the 27 conventions mentioned in Article 9 of the GSP Regulation including the core human and labour rights UN/ILO Conventions.
It stresses that the exporters need to register with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Department of Commerce (DoC) under it.
“Exporters wishing to export under a preferential agreement/scheme that Sri Lanka benefits from, need to apply for a Certificate of Origin and are required to register with the DoC.
(COLOMBO, December 08, 2017)