September 23, 2023

Philippine exporters have until June 30 to register with the European Union’s Registered Exporters (REX) system – the system that certifies the origin of goods and that the EU is progressively introducing in its preferential trade arrangements-after the EU agreed to a request for extension.
The extension of the registration period for Philippine exporters was disclosed by Bureau of Customs Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group deputy commissioner Atty. Edward James Dy Buco in a memorandum dated Nov. 17, 2019.
The deadline for registration was supposedly Dec. 31, 2019, but BOC earlier said an extension to June 2020 could be requested to allow all exporters to register.
With the extension, Dy Buco said BOC is given sufficient time to register all Philippine exporters to the system.
He noted that by July 1, the EU will no longer accept Form A, or certificate of origin (CO), as the basis for origin certification.
Earlier, Dy Buco said the REX system would gradually replace the current system of basing the origin certification on the COs issued by BOC.
BOC is set to issue a customs memorandum order (CMO) providing guidelines on the implementation of the REX system. But even without the CMO, BOC last August said exporters may already apply online at
BOC, in a session hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau on Aug. 20, said that some exporters have already applied for REX registration.
REX is the new system of certifying origin of goods that the EU is progressively introducing in its preferential trade arrangements. First applied to the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program on Jan. 1, 2017, REX will eventually completely replace the current system of origin certification that is based on the COs issued by government authorities and on invoice declarations made out under certain conditions by economic operators.
The global transition period from the current system to the REX system is from Jan. 1, 2017 to June 30. – Press release