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Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Slovak Republic on Amendments to the Protocol 3 on Rules of Origin to the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Slovak Republic

Having regard to the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter called Latvia), of one part, and the Slovak Republic (hereinafter called Slovakia), of the other part, signed in Riga on July 1, l996 and Protocol 3 to this agreement concerning the definition of the concept of "originating products" and methods of administrative cooperation,

Having in mind provisions of Articles 38 of the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Slovak Republic,

Whereas within this Protocol 3 the definition of the term "originating products" needs to be amended to ensure the proper operation of the extended system of cumulation which permits the use of materials originating in the European Community, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, European Economic Area (hereinafter referred to as " the EEA"), Iceland, Norway and Switzerland;

Whereas it would seem advisable to maintain in operation by 31 December 2000, the system of flat rate charges provided for in Article 15 of this Protocol 3 in connection with the prohibition of drawback and exemption from customs duty;

Whereas it would also be appropriate to extend the cumulation system to such products originating in Turkey;

Whereas to facilitate and simplify administrative tasks it would be desirable to amend the wording of Articles 3, 4 and 12 of this Protocol 3;

Whereas taking into account of changes in processing techniques and shortages of certain raw materials, some corrections must be made to the list of working and processing requirements which non-originating materials have to fulfil to qualify for originating status,

 

 

HAVE DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Protocol 3 concerning the definition of the concept of "originating products" and related methods of administrative cooperation is hereby amended as follows:

1. Article 1(i) shall be replaced by:

"(i) "added value" shall be taken to be the ex-works price minus the customs value of each of the materials incorporated which originate in the other countries referred to in Article 4 or, where the customs value is not known or cannot be ascertained, the first price verifiably paid for the products in the Party."

2. Article 3 shall be deleted.

3. Article 4 shall be replaced by the following:

" Article 4

Cumulation of Origin

l. Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 2 paragraph l, products shall be considered as originating in a Party if such products are obtained there, incorporating materials originating in the European Community, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland (including Liechtenstein)* or Turkey in accordance with the provisions of the Protocol on rules of origin annexed to the Agreements between this Party and each of these countries, provided that the working or processing carried out in the Party goes beyond that referred to in Article 7 of this Protocol. It shall not be necessary that such materials have undergone sufficient working or processing.

2. Where the working or processing carried out in the Party does not go beyond the operations referred to in Article 7, the product obtained shall be considered as originating in the Party only where the value added there is greater than the value of the materials used originating in any one of the other countries referred to in paragraph 1. If this is not so, the product obtained shall be considered as originating in the country which accounts for the highest value of originating materials used in the manufacture in this Party.

3. Products, originating in one of the countries referred to in paragraph 1, which do not undergo any working or processing in the Party, retain their origin if exported into one of these countries.

4. The cumulation provided for in this Article may only be applied to materials and products which have acquired originating status by an application of rules of origin identical to those given in this Protocol".

4. Article 12 shall be replaced by the following:

" Article 12

Principle of territoriality

l. Except as provided for in Article 4 and paragraph 3 of this Article, the conditions for acquiring originating status set out in Title II must continue to be fulfilled at all times in the Parties.

2. Except as provided for in Article 4, where originating goods exported from one of the Parties to another country return, they must be considered as non-originating, unless it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the customs authorities that:

(a) the returning goods are the same as those that were exported; and

(b) they have not undergone any operation beyond that necessary to preserve them in good condition while in that country or while being exported.

3. The acquisition of originating status in accordance with the conditions set out in Title II shall not be affected by working or processing done outside the Parties on materials exported from one of the Parties and subsequently reimported there, provided:

(a) the said materials are wholly obtained in one of the Parties or have undergone working or processing beyond the insufficient operations listed in Article 7 prior to being exported; and

(b) it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the customs authorities that:

i) the reimported goods have been obtained by working or processing the exported materials; and

ii) the total added value acquired outside the Parties by applying the provisions of this Article does not exceed 10% of the ex-works price of the end product for which originating status is claimed.

4. For the purposes of paragraph 3, the conditions for acquiring originating status set out in Title II shall not apply to working or processing done outside the Parties. But where, in the list in Annex II, a rule setting a maximum value for all the non-originating materials incorporated is applied in determining the originating status of the end product, the total value of the non-originating materials incorporated in the territory of the Party concerned, taken together with the total added value acquired outside the Party by applying the provisions of this Article, shall not exceed the stated percentage.

5. For the purposes of applying the provisions of paragraphs 3 and 4, "total added value" shall be taken to mean all costs arising outside the Parties, including the value of the materials incorporated there.

6. The provisions of paragraphs 3 and 4 shall not apply to products which do not fulfil the conditions set out in the list in Annex II or which can be considered sufficiently worked or processed only if the general values fixed in Article 6(2) are applied.

7. The provisions of paragraphs 3 and 4 shall not apply to products coming under Chapters 50 to 63 of the Harmonised System.

8. Any working or processing of the kind covered by the provisions of this Article and done outside the Parties shall be done under the outward processing arrangements, or similar arrangements."

5. In Paragraph 6 of Articles 15 the date "31 December 1998" shall be replaced by "31 December 2000".

6. In Article 26 the reference "C2/CP3" shall be replaced by "CN22/CN23".

7. In Annex I, Note 5.2, the following new text "current conducting filaments" shall be added between the texts "artificial man-made filaments" and "synthetic man-made staple fibres of polypropylene".

8. In Annex I. Note 5.2 the text of the fifth example ("A carpet with tufts... are met.") shall be deleted.

9. In Annex II, between the rules for HS heading Nos 2202 and 2208 the following rule shall be inserted:

* The Principiality of Liechtenstein has a customs union with Switzerland, and is a Contracting Party to the Agreement of the European Economic Area.

"HS Description of product Working or processing carried out on non-originating
heading No materials that confers originating status
(1) (2) (3) or (4)
2207 Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic Manufacture:
strength by volume of 80% vol. or higher; - using materials not classified
ethyl alcohol and other spirits, denatured, in headings 2207 or 2208"
of any strength.

10. In Annex II, the rule for Chapter 57 shall be replaced by:

 

"Chapter 57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings: Manufacture from1:
- Of needleloom felt - natural fibres
or
- chemical materials or textile pulp
However:
- polypropylene filament of
heading 5402,
- polypropylene fibres of
heading 5503 or 5506,
- polypropylene filament tow of
heading 5501, of which the
denomination in all cases of a single
filament or fibre is less than 9 decitex,
may be used provided their value
does not exceed 40% of the ex-works
price of the product
-jute fabric may be used as backing
- Of other felt Manufacture from1:
- natural fibres not carded or combed
or otherwise processed for spinning,
or
- Other - chemical materials or textile pulp
Manufacture from1:
- coir or jute yarn 2,
- synthetic or artificial filament yarn,
- natural fibres, or
- man-made staple fibres not carded or
combed or otherwise processed
for spinning
- jute fabric may be used as backing"

1 For special conditions relating to products made of a mixture of textile materials, see introductory Note 5.

2 The use of jute yarn is authorised from 1.7.2000"

11. In Annex II, the rule for HS heading No 7006 shall be replaced by:

"7006 Glass of heading Nos 7003, 7004 or 7005, Manufacture from non-coated
bent, edgeworked, engraved, drilled, glass plate substrate
enamelledor otherwise worked, but not of heading 7006
framed or fitted with other materials:
- Glass plate substrate coated with dielectric
thin film, semiconductor grade, in accordance
with SEMII standards 1
- Other Manufacture from materials
of heading 7001

1 SEMII - Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute Incorporated."

 

12. In Annex II, the rule for HS heading No 7601 shall be replaced by:

"7601 Unwrought aluminium Manufacture in which:
- all the materials used are classified
within a heading other than that
of the product; and
- the value of all the materials
used does not exceed 50% of the
ex-works price of the product
or
Manufacture by thermal or
electrolytic treatment from
unalloyed aluminium
or waste and scrap of aluminium"

 

 

Article 2

This Agreement shall be approved in accordance with the internal legal requirements of both Parties and it shall enter into force on the date of exchange of diplomatic notes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned plenipotentiaries, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Agreement.

Done at Bratislava this second day of December, 1999 in two authentic copies in the English language.

 

The Representative The Representative

of the Republic of Latvia of the Slovak Republic

Kaspars Gerhards Peter Brno

State Secretary of the State Secretary

Ministry of Minister of Economy

Economy of the of the Slovak Republic

Republic of Latvia

* Lihtenšteinas Hercogistei ir muitas ūnija ar Šveici un tā ir arī Eiropas Ekonomiskās Telpas Līguma Dalībvalsts.

 
Document information
Status:
Not in force
Not in force
State:
 Slovakia
Type:
 international agreement
 bilateral
Signature:
 02.12.1999.
Place of signature: 
Bratislava
End of validity:
 01.05.2004.
Ratification:
 Parliament
Reservation: No
Declaration: No
Publication:
 "Latvijas Vēstnesis", 345/347, 04.10.2000.
Language:
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