Customs Notice 827 the EUR1 completion guide contains some changes to the declaration text required on an EUR1. Also changes recently introduced give an additional declaration option for you to choose from, following the issue of Customs Notice 830. So what is this all about and how important is the EUR1?
The EUR1 is a regulated export document which manages the preferential trading agreements which the EU has with certain countries, to enable importers in those countries to benefit from reduced or zero rates of import duty, known as importing under “preference”.
EU member states have multiple Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) or Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in place with third countries which offer preferential importing and exporting conditions on goods that meet prescribed rules of origin and other criteria. These FTAs and EPAs are constantly evolving, with countries changing from one scheme to another, allowable products are removed or added to the list of preferences, or restrictions are introduced under temporary or permanent limits or tariff quotas.
The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) is the system under which the EU, and other developed countries offer developing countries lower tariffs on their exports into the EU. GSP+ extends even lower tariffs to 15 vulnerable countries that implement certain labour and human rights agreements.
For your customer to benefit from these agreements you, as the exporter, must complete an EUR1 document and make a declaration on the form that your goods satisfy the rules of origin required in the regulations for the country you are shipping to and for the goods you are shipping. The declaration refers to the various customs notices with which your export shipment complies. Once completed, these documents must be certified and evidence will be required to support your entries on the form.
If this all seems a bit complicated, then you could use e-z Cert to complete your EUR1 and apply for certification online. The e-z Cert service is offered by chambers of commerce throughout the UK, you simply complete the document online and submit it to the Chamber. They will check it and if they are happy that it is correctly completed they will certify it for you. By completing your EUR1 in this way, you can be confident that you have access to the latest regulations, and you have the support of your Chamber to get your documents right. If you are already using e-z Consign to complete your export shipment documents, then you can send your EUR1 application directly to e-z Cert to request certification without any data re-keying.