OIC Rules of Origin


“Consignment” means products which are either sent simultaneously from one exporter to one consignee or covered by a single transport document covering their shipment from the exporter to the consignee or, in the absence of such a document, by a single invoice;

“Goods” means both materials and the products;

“Manufacture”  means  any kind of working or processing including assembly or specific operations on both of industrial and agricultural products;

“Material” means any ingredient, raw material, component or part, etc., used in the manufacture of the product;

“Product” means the product being manufactured, even if it is intended for later use in another manufacturing operation;

“ex-works price” means the price paid for the product ex-works to the manufacturer in the exporter State in whose undertaking the last working or processing is carried out,

Wholly Produced or Obtained Products

a) raw or mineral products extracted from its soil, its water or from its seabeds;

b) agricultural products harvested, picked or gathered there including forestry products;

c) live animals born and raised there;

d) products obtained from animals born and/or raised there;

e) products obtained by hunting, fishing or aquaculture activities conducted there;

f) products of sea fishing and other marine products taken from the sea outside the territorial waters of the exporter States by their vessels;

 g) products processed and/or made on board its factory ships exclusively from products referred to in sub-paragraphs (e, f) above;

 h) used  articles  collected  there,  fit  only  for  the  recovery  of  raw  materials;

 i) waste and scrap resulting from manufacturing operations conducted there;

 j) goods produced there exclusively from the products referred to in paragraph

(a) to (i) above.


The terms “their vessels” and “their factory ships” in paragraph 1(f) shall apply only to vessels and factory ships:

 a) which are registered or recorded in the exporter state; or

b) which sail under the flag of the exporter State; or

which  are  owned  to  an  extent  of  at  least  60 percent  by  nationals  of  oneParticipating State,  or 75 percent by nationals of exporter state  or by acompany with its head office in one of these States, of which the manager ormanagers,  

Insufficient Working or Processing

The following operations shall be considered as insufficient working or processing to confer the status of originating products,

a) packing;

 b) simple mixing (1);

 c) simple placing in bottles, cans, flasks, bags, cases, boxes, fixing on cards or boards and all other simple-packaging operations;

 d) labelling, affixing or printing marks, labels, logos and other like distinguishing signs on products or their packaging;

 e) splitting into lots;

 f) sorting or grading;

 g) marking;

 h) putting up into sets;

 i) simple assembly(2);

 j) preserving operations to ensure that the products remain in good condition during transport and storage;

 k) breaking up and assembly of packages;

 l) washing, cleaning; removal of dust, oxide, oil, paint or other coverings;

 m) ironing or pressing of textiles;

 n) simple painting and polishing operations, husking, partial or total bleaching, polishing, and glazing of cereals and rice; 

 o) operations to colour sugar or form sugar lumps;

 p) peeling, stoning and shelling of fruits, nuts and vegetables;

 q) sharpening, simple grinding or simple cutting;

 r) sifting, screening, sorting, classifying, grading, matching; (including the making-up of sets of articles);

 s) slaughter of animals. 

(1)     Simple mixing: does not include chemical reaction.
 (2)    Simple assembly: describes activity which does not require the use of specially designed machines or apparatus or equipment and relevant training.