TECHNICAL specialists are approaching agreement on international rules of origin for industrial minerals; these would state the degree of processing required for a raw material to be considered a new product.

The decisions would mean that worldwide, such products would in future be affected by duties, quotas and other import and export regulations relating to the country where they were processed, rather than where they were mined.

This work is being carried out by the rules of origin committee of the World Trade Organisation, ...

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