Origin definition

Goods originating in a country shall be those wholly obtained or produced in that country.
According to the Kosovo Customs and Excise Code, the expression ‘goods wholly obtained in a country’ means:

a) mineral products extracted within that country;
b) vegetable products harvested therein;
c) live animals born and raised therein;
d) products derived from live animals raised therein;
e) products of hunting or fishing carried on therein;
f) products of sea-fishing and other products taken from the sea outside a country's territorial sea by vessels registered or recorded in the country concerned and flying the flag of that country;
g) goods obtained or produced on board factory ships from the products referred to in subparagraph (f) originating in that country, provided that such factory ships are registered or recorded in that country and fly its flag;
h) products taken from the seabed or subsoil beneath the seabed outside the territorial sea provided that that country has exclusive rights to exploit that seabed or subsoil;
i) waste and scrap products derived from manufacturing operations and used articles, if they were collected therein and are fit only for the recovery of raw materials.
j) goods which are produced therein exclusively from goods referred to in subparagraphs (a) to (i) or from their derivatives, at any stage of production.

Proof of origin
(Certificate of Origin)

Customs legislation or other Kosovo legislation governing specific fields may provide that a document (certificate) must be produced as proof of the origin of goods. Notwithstanding the production of that document, the Customs may, in the event of serious doubts, require any additional proof to ensure that the indication of origin does comply with the rules laid down by the relevant Kosovo legislation. 

The certificate of origine should fulfill the following criteria:

• To be issued by the competent authorities;
• To contain the relevant information to identify the products being referred;
• To prove in a clear manner that the products referred have previously designated origin;
• The certificates and requirements related shall be done in forms which are in accordance with the attached examples. 


Articles 27 to 30 Kosovo Customs Code and Administrative Instruction AI 11/2009 on implementation of Kosovo Costume Code define the non-preferential origin of goods for the purposes of:

a) applying the Customs Tariff of Kosovo;
b) applying measures other than tariff measures established by Kosovo provisions governing specific fields relating to trade in goods; and
c) the preparation and issue of certificates of origin.

The rules on preferential origin shall lay down the conditions governing acquisition of origin which goods must fulfill in order to benefit from the measures referred to in the second indent of Article 24(3) (2) of Kosovo Customs and Excise Code. More information could be found on https://dogana.rks-gov.net/en/CUSTOMS-AND-EXCISE-CODE


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