The European Union (EU) is to scrap a rule requiring proof of origin documentation on clothing and textile imports after admitting it places an "unnecessary burden" on traders.

The paperwork was introduced to help customs officers monitor lines imported from countries with trade agreements with the EU, or products being monitored or under safeguard.

But the European Commission now says the "obligation to provide additional proof of origin on a systematic basis...has become disproportionate in relation to its aim." It also acknowledges that the textile products in question can already be imported without any constraints.

From 24 October, most clothing and textile imports into the EU will be exempted from this red tape. However, the country of origin of imported products will still need to be indicated, and textile and apparel products claiming preferential duty treatment still need a relevant certificate of origin.

Plans to end the red tape were first reported on just-style in July.