Registration for Certificate of Origin for local exporters into the EU will go digital in July

February 08, 2023

As of July 2023, approved exporters to the European Union, will register directly on a digital platform, named ‘REX SYSTEM’, for their certificate of origin. The ‘REX SYSTEM’ will replace the EUR1 Certificate, which is a must for all exporters when exporting into the EU.

The registration is free and is a one-time operation.

Currently, exporters have to physically report to Customs to apply for the certificate, and pay a fee of R100 for each export.

For exporters, the online registration is ‘cost saving, time saving, effective’ and will simplify the export formalities.

The registration process is as follows:

  • Exporters must apply to become registered exporters by filling an online pre-application form. Once completed, the Application REX (AREX) form is generated that must be printed, signed and returned to their competent authorities (Customs Division).
  • An information sheet has to be attached to the AREX containing a summary description of the products they export, their tariff code, the non-originating materials used for their manufacture, and the processing or transformation operations carried out in Seychelles.
  • At the end of the registration process, the REX Number, made up of the ISO country Code (SC), followed by the wording"REX" + a string of alphanumerical characters, is generated, upon the approval of Customs.

It is only when the REX Number is generated, that the exporter is recognized as being a ‘registered exporter.’

For the purpose of verification and checks, exporters should ensure they keep the necessary and appropriate evidence of origin of products they intend to export for a period of 7 years.

A special guideline to assist local exporters has been developed by the Customs Division of the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC), which was presented during a seminar organised jointly by Customs and the Trade Department, within the Ministry of Finance, National Planning and Trade, on Tuesday 07th February, 2023.

The REX System is a self-certification system for exporters who are exporting only goods that qualify for preferential treatment, into the EU, allowing exporters to directly provide their customers with statements of origin.

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