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EDANA welcomes EU-UK TCA with specific rules of origin

Feb '21
Edana has welcomed the Trade & Cooperation Agreement (TCA) signed in December 2020 between the European Union and the United Kingdom and, in particular, its specific rules of origin for nonwovens. Edana is the leading global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, by creating a foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens.

The most recent available figures cover 2019, when the UK exported nonwoven roll goods worth €96 million to the EU, while export traffic in the other direction reached a value of €280 million. The UK remains the second biggest trade partner for EU local manufacturers after the US, according to Edana.

“This trade agreement not only guarantees that nonwoven roll goods will be able to continue to travel between EU member states and UK without customs duties, but also recognises that a nonwoven process is sufficient to confer the origin on the product. In order to qualify for the zero preferential tariff under the EU-UK TCA, products classified in HS 5603 must originate in the EU or the UK. According to the specific rule for nonwovens, devised, and promoted by Edana, and included in the TCA, any nonwovens produced locally will be considered as originating in the EU or UK, even if it has been produced using non-originating materials,” Jacques Prigneaux, Edana’s market analysis and economic affairs director, said in a press release.

“In this news, I see two key achievements and subjects of satisfaction for nonwoven producers whom we value as the core of Edana’s membership. On one hand, the ability for all of them to keep doing ‘business as usual’, or even expand trade opportunities, whether they trade from the EU or the UK, and on the other hand, the official recognition, hopefully once and for all, of the fact that manufacturing nonwoven roll goods is a substantial enough operation to confer origin status of the country where the resulting goods are obtained. This latter event marks another step in the independence of the nonwovens industry from the traditional textile customs rules which too often unnecessarily constrained its development,” Pierre Wiertz, general manager of Edana said.

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