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Relief for electric vehicle and battery makers in the UK after EU proposes one-off extension on current rules of origin

It was announced on the 21st December that the EU-UK Partnership Council had adopted a decision to extend the current rules of origin for electric vehicles and batteries for three years – until 31st December 2026, which is very much welcomed by the UK and EU industries which would have been greatly impacted by more stringent rules from 1st January 2024. This extension will not be further prolonged, and therefore should provide UK and EU industry enough time to make respective adjustments to adapt to higher local content requirements by 2027 for EVs.   

The EU also announced its commitment to a funding mechanism for €3bn to boost the EU's battery manufacturing industry.    

Susana Córdoba, Head of International Trade at GM Chamber said: “We welcome this news and urge business operating in the EV and battery manufacturing industry to start preparing now to ensure they can meet the the product-specific rules of origin for electric accumulators and electrified vehicles as set out in Annex 3 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement will apply from 1st January 2027. 

"Here at the Chamber, we are at hand and ready to help businesses who need support in understanding in more depth the rules of origin requirements through our training courses but also compliance consultancy services, so if you need help, please contact us!” 

GMCC Trade Team 

T: 0161 393 4314 


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