Seychelles: Customs – Seychelles Adopts Rex for Exports to EU From July 1

A new self-certification system called the Registered Exporter System (REX) will go live in Seychelles as of July 1 for goods originating from the island nation to the European Union countries.

According to the manager of classification, valuation and rules of origin in the Customs Division, Gerda Cesar, this is a system that will replace the EUR.1 which is currently being used.

“This means that all exporters who send their products to European countries such as Belgium and France and were using the EUR.1 certificate to benefit from the reduced taxations except for those sending products to the UK, will also use this as proof that their products originate from Seychelles,” explained Cesar.

She said that “how this will work is each time that an exporter will have a consignment to export to EU countries, they will use the REX number on the invoice as a statement of export.”

In order to be able to issue such declarations, exporters will have to directly register in the REX system, an online database developed by the EU. Upon registration, the classification, valuation and origin section of the Customs Division will assign a REX number to the applicant. The number has to be mentioned on the statement of origin.

Registration under REX is done by the exporter once and the REX number can be used for exports to all EU countries.

Cesar said the REX system will be of benefit to exporters.

“Currently, each time there is a consignment leaving Seychelles for an EU country, exporters have to provide the EUR.1 certificate and pay SCR100 [$7] for each consignment. With the REX system, the exporters will do their own self-certification, so the SCR100 will fade out and exporters will not need to go to the Customs Division for endorsement,” explained Cesar.

For the new REX system, the Customs Division of the Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) has developed specific guidelines for the use of such a system that will soon be publicly available on its website.

Additionally, a seminar was organised in February at the Care House in Victoria to show local exporters how to register on the system.

Cesar also explained that SRC is in the process of providing exporters with their identifications so that they may begin using the system on July 1.

Gilberte Bristol, an officer in the classification, valuation and rules of origin in the Customs Division, told reporters that so far five exporters already have their identifications, while the remaining 10 will have theirs before REX goes live.