The growing number and importance of the rules of origin led Uruguay Round negotiators to address the issue during the negotiations. A second option is to indicate the original ROC in an appendix or in the "Rules of Origin" chapter of a free trade agreement. The full text of the FTA is available on the website of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). You may need to consult the most recent rules (in the general indications of the U.S. Harmonized Customs Plan) as opposed to the original rules, as HS codes are sometimes revised every two years, which requires an adjustment of the rules. Article 5:1 of the agreement requires each member to submit to the secretariat, within 90 days of the ENTRY into force of the WTO agreement, its rules of origin, judicial decisions and general administrative decisions on the rules of origin. The secretariat distributes information received and available to all members of the lists. At its session on 4 April 1995, the Committee agreed that all notifications made in a language other than a WTO working language should be accompanied by a summary in a WTO working language (G/RO/1). Guidelines for the implementation of Section 28DA of the Customs Act, 1962 and CAROTAR, 2020 with respect to the original law provisions under trade agreements (FTA/PTA/CECA/CEPA) and control of certificates of origin Customs regulations (management of rules of origin under the trade agreement), 2020 (CAROTAR, 2020), notified on 21 August 2020, will come into force on 21 September 2020 after the completion of the 30-day period for importers and other interested parties to familiarize themselves with new provisions. The GATT does not have specific rules for determining the country of origin of goods in international trade. Each party has been free to set its own rules of origin and may even maintain several different rules of origin depending on the purpose of the regulation.
The authors of the general agreement said that the rules of origin should be maintained: … within the province of each importing country, determine whether the goods are in fact from a particular country, in accordance with the provisions of its law for the application of the provisions of the most favoured nation (and for other purposes of the GATT).