Self-Certification of Origin by ASEAN
Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei conduct pilot program of ASEAN Self-Certification Scheme since 1st November 2010 for a one year period. It is expected to roll out in all ASEAN member states by 2012.
Trade professionals who have business with EU countries are perhaps familiar with self-certification of origin, as most of EU's FTA have this self-certification system. In Japan's FTA, only Japan-Switzerland FTA adopt this scheme since 2009.
This pilot program is applicable only to intra-ASEAN trade, it means that trader make use of self-certification instead of apply for Form D. Exporter can simply self-declare the country of origin for their goods on the commercial invoice, or if the invoice is not available at the time of export, on a billing statement or delivery order. Currently, 22 certified traders in Singapore participate in this project.
Although the registration to Singapore Customs are required in advance, the exporter can enjoy benefits of self-declaration, e.g. eliminating the Form D application cost which is about S$15, simplifying the administrative operation, and flexible in operational timeline.
(Reference: Singapore Customs News Letter http://www.customs.gov.sg/insync/Issue11/article_5.html )