Free Trade Agreement, Preferential Tariff and Certificate of Origin

Date :
27 - Sep - 2021 To 27 - Sep - 2021
Time : 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Mode of programme : Virtual Programme
Platform: Zoom


The objective of this training is to provide the participants with a detailed knowledge of the various Regional and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTA) that has been signed by ASEAN member countries and Malaysia and how these FTAs seek to promote trade, investment, economic development and enhance competitiveness of Malaysian exporters and importers with particular emphasis on Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO) and claiming of Preferential Tariff.


The training will also seek to provide participants with the detailed knowledge of the Rules of Origin (ROO) required to be satisfied in order to obtain the Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO) and its related procedures. Further the training will also highlight the  customs procedures and formalities to be complied in order to claim of preferential tariff and the consequence of non compliance. It will provide an insight into  areas of examination adopted by Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) to verify the authenticity of PCO  and related documentation. The program will also highlight Self Declaration and Self Certification Mechanisms and issues related to discrepancies in declarations.




  • The Regional and Bilateral FTAs signed by Asean and Malaysia.
  • How exporters, importers and manufacturers can expand their share into various markets through preferential tariff treatment and benefits derived from it.
  • The procedures involved in obtaining preferential tariff treatment.
  • Understanding Rules of Origin (ROO) and its relevance to obtaining Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO).
  • Role and procedures adopted by RMCD to verify eligibility to claim preferential tariff.



This course is suitable for all traders, manufacturers, importers, exporters and other business community who want to take advantage of benefits offered by FTAs in reducing costs, expanding into new markets and to remain competitive.



Power Points Presentation, Discussions and Case Studies.





  • Good Internet / wifi connectivity
  • Laptop / handphone with audio/visual
  • Virtual platform - ZOOM

Introduction to Free Trade Agreements


Terminologies used in FTA’s


Regional and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements


Rules of Origin

    • Preferential Rules of Origin (PCO)
    • Non-Preferential Rules of Origin (NPCO)

Procedures to obtain PCO

    • Application to MITI
    • Eligibility Criteria & Cost Analysis
    • Compliance with ROO
    • Originating / Non Originating Goods
    • Regional Value Contest (RVC)
    • Product Specific Rules (PSR)

Implementation of Origin Criteria

    • Declaration of Preferential Tariff
    • Format for Declaration of Origin
    • Exemption from PCO
    • Validity Period of PCO
    • Procedure for importation of Unassembled / Dissembled Goods
    • Declaration of PCO & Documentation

Customs Examination on Preferential  Tariff

    • Examination of PCO as to format, signature, date of issue and amendments
    • Examination of the identity of goods

-      description & quantity

-      invoice / third party invoice

-      origin criteria

-      tariff code

-      abbreviation used

-      consignment criteria

    • Signature & chop of assessing officer
    • Procedures on rejected goods
    • Self-declaration / Certification on invoices and commercial documents

Verification Procedures by RMCD

    • Verification of PCO and origin criteria
    • Release pending verification
    • Payment of duty on MFN rates
    • Use of Bank Guarantee
    • Claim for refund

Operational Certification Procedures (OCP) for Rules of Origin

  • Issued retroactively
  • Minor discrepancies
  • Back to Back COO
  • Movement Certificate
  • Loss / damaged PCO
  • Keeping of records
  • Goods in Licensed Warehouse
  • Under valuation of goods
  • Differences in unit of measurement of goods
  • Additional information

Accuracy of Tariff Classification on Export Declaration


Application for Customs Ruling on Origin

  • Terminology
  • Application and Forms
  • Payment & Issue of Ruling on Origin




P. Nadaraja

P. Nadaraja was formerly with the Royal Malaysia Customs (1981-1997) as a Senior Officer of Customs having served in various units and his key areas of focus includes customs administration, import and export procedures, classification, valuation, licensing and compliance matters. He posses an indepth knowledge of various customs legislations including Customs Act, Sales Tax Act, Service Tax Act, Excise Act and other subsidiary legislations. He has vast experience in Customs matters and has been a guest lecturer at the Royal Malaysia Customs Academy in Malacca on various occasions to deliver lectures on various aspects of Customs laws and procedures.


In 1997 he left the Customs Department on optional retirement for private practice as an Advocate and Solicitor.


He is now involved in legal practice and at the same a time is actively involved in conducting seminars and workshops on customs matters. He has also conducted in house training for various companies including statutory bodies and has advised and consulted upon by companies on issues such as customs and sales tax valuation, classification, service tax matters, drawback, refunds, exemptions and others. He was officially appointed by the Customs Department to conduct Basic Customs Course for forwarding agents during the year 2005 – 2007.


MYR 660.00

Subjected to 6% SST


1 Day/s

7 CPD Points

Certificate of Attendance Will be Provided

HRDcorp Claimable