The principal aim of the agreements is to develop economic relations between the EU and partner states through the expansion of bilateral (two-way) trade.
From an ‘export perspective’, the department’s main objective under the preference arrangements is to ensure that only originating goods are exported under preference from the UK/EU.
If goods do not qualify under the rules and improperly gain a preferential rate of duty, then they may displace qualifying goods from the export market.
Ensuring compliance with the origin rules is therefore not merely a matter of complying with the trading agreement between the EU and the preference giving country.
It is also a matter of protecting industry within the EU and the special tariff advantages available to EU manufactured goods that legitimately fulfil the origin requirements.