This decision went hand in hand with a multi-party agreement to give all registered voters the opportunity to vote by mail or withdraw one at an early stage, as reported by the Louisville Courier Journal. In the WTO, non-preferential rules of origin are no more harmonised than in free trade agreements. Despite considerable efforts, the work programme for the harmonization of non-preferential rules of origin has not yet made significant progress, meaning that there are still no common rules for non-preferential purposes in the WTO. During the so-called “transitional period”, the formulation and implementation of non-preferential rules are literally left to the discretion of Members. [11] The only difference with preferential rules of origin is that non-preferential rules of origin are more restrictive in WTO agreements, including the Rules of Origin Agreement and the Trade Facilitation Agreement. [12] This method dictates certain production processes that may be original for the products. It requires that non-native materials be subjected to certain processing or manufacturing operations in a country so that the products can be considered originating in that country. Although the revised Kyoto agreement has abandoned this method, it is still often used in practice: the often cited rule is a good example. Indeed, this method is recognized by the agreement on the rules of origin. Article 2, point (a) (a) of the agreement stipulates that, in cases where this method is applied, the activities conferring origin on the products concerned must be defined precisely. [20] The rules of the original intermediary are designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises increase their trade by using global trade opportunities in the form of low tariffs under trade agreements. The tool can also be used by policy makers, trade negotiators, economists and all other users. Any user can simply search for information about the original criteria, other rules of origin and business documents by entering the SH code of their product.

The trade agreement database provided by THE ITC Market Access Card. Given that hundreds of free trade agreements are currently in force and are being negotiated (approximately 800 according to the rules of the intermediary of origin, including non-reciprocal trade agreements), it is important for businesses and policy makers to keep their status in mind. There are a number of free trade agreement custodians available at national, regional or international level. Among the most important are the database on Latin American free trade agreements, established by the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) [23], the database managed by the Asian Regional Integration Center (ARIC) with information agreements concluded by Asian countries[24] and the portal on free trade negotiations and agreements of the European Union. Finally, over the past four years, he and his representatives have cancelled or denounced dozens of other international environmental rules, practices and agreements. As part of a joint initiative with the WCO and the WTO, the International Trade Centre is implementing Ombudsman of Origin rules[31] which provides free and user-friendly access to the ITC database containing rules of origin and originally related documentation in hundreds of trade agreements.