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The Additional Protocol On Amendments To The Protocol B On Rules Of Origin To The Free Trade Agreement Between The Republic Of Latvia And The Republic Of Slovenia

The Republic of Latvia (hereinafter called Latvia) and the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter called Slovenia),

Having regard to the Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Latvia, of the one part, and the Republic of Slovenia, of the other part, signed in Riga on 22 April 1996 and particular Articles 31 thereof,

Whereas some technical amendments are proposed in order to correct the text;

Whereas the list of insufficient working and processing needs to be amended to ensure the proper interpretation and to take account of the need to include some operations not covered previously by this list;

Whereas the need has arisen to provide for a system of accounting segregation of originating and non-originating materials, subject to authorisation granted by customs authorities;

Whereas the provisions concerning the amounts expressed in Euro need to be revised in order to clarify the procedure and to provide greater stability for the level of the amounts in internal currencies;

Whereas to take account of the lack of production of certain material within Latvia or Slovenia, a correction must be made to the list of working and processing requirements which non-originating materials have to fulfil to qualify for originating status,


Article 1

Protocol B concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and 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 3 and 4 or, where the customs value is not known or cannot be ascertained, the first verifiable price paid for the materials in Latvia or Slovenia.

2. Article 7 shall be replaced by:

' Article 7

Insufficient working or processing

1. Without prejudice to paragraph 2, the following operations shall be considered as insufficient working or processing to confer the status of originating products, whether or not the requirements of Article 6 are satisfied:

(a) preserving operations to ensure that the products remain in good condition during transport and storage;

(b) breaking-up and assembly of packages;

(c) washing, cleaning; removal of dust, oxide, oil, paint or other coverings;

(d) ironing or pressing of textiles;

(e) simple painting and polishing operations;

(f) husking, partial or total bleaching, polishing, and glazing of cereals and rice;

(g) operations to colour sugar or form sugar lumps;

(h) peeling, stoning and shelling, of fruits, nuts and vegetables;

(i) sharpening, simple grinding or simple cutting;

(j) sifting, screening, sorting, classifying, grading, matching; (including the making-up of sets of articles);

(k) simple placing in bottles, cans, flasks, bags, cases, boxes, fixing on cards or boards and all other simple packaging operations;

(l) affixing or printing marks, labels, logos and other like distinguishing signs on products or their packaging;

(m) simple mixing of products, whether or not of different kinds,

(n) simple assembly of parts of articles to constitute a complete article or disassembly of products into parts;

(o) a combination of two or more operations specified in subparagraphs (a) to (n);

(p) slaughter of animals.

2. All operations carried out either in Latvia or Slovenia on a given product shall be considered together when determining whether the working or processing undergone by that product is to be regarded as insufficient within the meaning of paragraph 1.'

3. In Article 15, the final sentence in paragraph 6 shall be replaced by:

'The provisions of this paragraph shall apply until 31 December 2001.'

4. The following article shall be inserted after Article 20:

' Article 20a

Accounting segregation

1. Where considerable cost or material difficulties arise in keeping separate stocks of originating and non-originating materials which are identical and interchangeable, the customs authorities may, at the written request of those concerned, authorise the so-called "accounting segregation" method to be used for managing such stocks.

2. This method must be able to ensure that, for a specific reference-period, the number of products obtained which could be considered as "originating" is the same as that which would have been obtained if there had been physical segregation of the stocks.

3. The customs authorities may grant such authorisation, subject to any conditions deemed appropriate.

4. This method is recorded and applied on the basis of the general accounting principles applicable in the country where the product was manufactured.

5. The beneficiary of this facilitation may issue or apply for proofs of origin, as the case may be, for the quantity of products which may be considered as originating. At the request of the customs authorities, the beneficiary shall provide a statement of how the quantities have been managed.

6. The customs authorities shall monitor the use made of the authorisation and may withdraw it at any time whenever the beneficiary makes improper use of the authorisation in any manner whatsoever or fails to fulfil any of the other conditions laid down in this Protocol.

5. In Article 22, paragraph 1, first sentence, the following shall be inserted after 'exporter':

'hereinafter referred to as "approved exporter",'

6. Article 30 shall be replaced by:

' Article 30

Amounts expressed in Euro

1. For the application of the provisions of Article 21(1)(b) and Article 26(3) in cases where products are invoiced in a currency other than Euro, amounts in the national currencies of the countries referred to in Articles 3 and 4 equivalent to the amounts expressed in Euro shall be fixed annually by each of the countries concerned.

2. A consignment shall benefit from the provisions of Article 21(1)(b) or Article 26(3) by reference to the currency in which the invoice is drawn up, according to the amount fixed by the country concerned.

3. The amounts to be used in any given national currency shall be the equivalent in that currency of the amounts expressed in Euro as at the first working day of October and shall apply from 1 January the following year. The State Parties shall be notified of the relevant amounts.

4. A country may round up or down the amount resulting from the conversion into its national currency of an amount expressed in Euro. The rounded-off amount may not differ from the amount resulting from the conversion by more than 5 per cent. A country may retain unchanged its national currency equivalent of an amount expressed in Euro if, at the time of the annual adjustment provided for in paragraph 3, the conversion of that amount, prior to any rounding-off, results in an increase of less that 15 per cent in the national currency equivalent. The national currency equivalent may be retained unchanged if the conversion would result in a decrease in that equivalent value.

5. The amounts expressed in Euro shall be reviewed by the Joint Committee at the request of Latvia or Slovenia. When carrying out this review, the Joint Committee shall consider the desirability of preserving the effects of the limits concerned in real terms. For this purpose, it may decide to modify the amounts expressed in Euro.'

7. Annex II shall be amended as follows:

a) the entry for HS heading 5309 to 5311 shall be replaced by:

"5309 Woven fabrics of
to other vegetable
5311 textile fibres; woven
fabrics of paper yarn:
- Incorporating Manufacture from
rubber thread single yarn 1
- Other Manufacture from1:
- coir yarn,
- jute yarn,
- natural fibres,
- man-made staple fibres
not carded or combed
or otherwise prepared
for spinning,
- chemical materials or
textile pulp, or
- paper
Printing accompanied
by at least two prepara-
tory or finishing opera-
tions (such as scouring,
bleaching, mercerising,
heat setting, raising,
calendering, shrink
resistance processing,
permanent finishing,
decatising, impregnating,
mending and burling)
where the value of the
unprinted fabric does not
exceed 47,5% of the ex-
works price of the product

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

b) the entry for HS heading 5602 shall be replaced by:

"5602 Felt, whether or
not impregnated,
coated, covered
or laminated:
-Needleloom felt Manufacture from 1:
-natural fibres,
-chemical materials or
textile pulp
-polypropylene filament
of heading No 5402,
-polypropylene fibres
of heading No5503 or
5506 or
-polypropylene filament
tow of heading No 5501
of which the denomination
in all cases of a single
filament or fibre is less
9 decitex may be used
provided their value does
not exceed 40% of the
ex-works price of the
- Other Manufacture from 1:
-natural fibres,
-man-made staple fibres
made from casein, or
-chemical materials or
textile pulp

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

c) the entry for Chapter 57 shall be replaced by:

"Chap- Carpets and other
ter 57 textile floor coverings:
-Of needleloom Manufacture from 1:
felt -natural fibres, or
-chemical materials or
textile pulp.
-polypropylene filament
of heading No 5402,
-polypropylene fibres
of heading No 5503 or
5506, or
-polypropylene filament
tow of heading No5501,
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 from 1:
- natural fibres not carded
or combed or otherwise
processed for spinning, or
-Of other textile Manufacture from 1:
materials -coir yarn or jute yarn,
-synthetic or artificial
filament yarn,
-natural fibres, or
-man-made staple fibres
not carded or combed or
othewise processed for
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"


Article 2

1. This Additional Protocol shall enter into force on 1 January 2001 provided that before this date Parties shall exchange the diplomatic notes confirming approval in accordance with the internal legal requirements of the Parties.

2. If this Additional Protocol cannot enter into force in accordance with the paragraph 1 of this Article, it shall enter into force on the first day of the month following a receipt of the latter diplomatic note confirming its approval in accordance with the internal legal requirements of the Parties.

Done this 18 day of December 2000 in two authentic copies in the English language.

For the Republic For the Republic

of Latvia of Slovenia

State Secretary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Economy

Kaspars Gerhards Dimitrij Rupel

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