New generalised system of preference for exporters to Canada

The Revenue Commissioners have released information for companies exporting to Canada and wanting to avail of preferential origin treatment under the new EU-Canada agreement. As from 01 January 2018, all exporters of consignments of goods with a value greater than €6,000 to Canada will have to be registered in the REX system and use their REX number on the origin declaration to claim preference under CETA.

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to be provisionally applied in the near future, possibly as early as September 2017. Under CETA, tariff duties will be eliminated for different types of goods on a staged basis with the rate of elimination determined by staging categories as set out in Annex 2 – A of the Agreement. CETA includes a Protocol on Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures.

The REX system is a new system of certification of origin of goods that has applied to the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) from 1 January 2017. It is a system of self certification by registered exporters who have been registered in the system by their competent authorities.

Once CETA is provisionally applied, the REX system should be applied by EU exporters for their exports to Canada on which they wish to claim origin preference under CET.

For queries please contact:


Origin Section, Customs Division

Email: origin& 

+353 67 63260/+353 67 63213

1890 62 63 64

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