If you are exporting to a country outside of the EU, there is always a certain amount of paperwork involved. The documentation varies depending on what is being exported and to where.
EU-UK Free Trade Agreement
It is important to note that HMRC is not requiring certificates of origin for goods moving between the EU and UK. Tariffs will not be applied to goods that are either “wholly obtained’” from the UK or EU, or “substantially transformed” in the EU or UK.
Companies can assess whether their products satisfies these requirements on the Commission’s My Trade Assistant platform.
For goods imported to benefit from this duty-free treatment, exporting companies must make a claim for preferential treatment. The claim has to be based on a statement of origin, made out by the exporter, stating that the product qualifies for preferential treatment. It is up to the exporter to make sure that the conditions are met to issue a statement of origin and that the information provided is correct.
Certificates of Origin
A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained or produced or manufactured or processed in a particular country (country of origin). Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all.
Kilkenny Chamber is the sole organisation in Kilkenny who is authorised to issue Certificates of Origin. You do not need to be a member of the Chamber, but you must register with us before any documentation can be certified. Preferential rates apply to Chamber members.
Certificates of Origin are intended solely to prove the origin of goods in order to satisfy customs or trade requirements. Certificates of Origin should only be issued when they are actually needed, for example, in the following circumstances:
- To meet customs requirements in the importing state
- The customer/buyer/importer (consignee) requires it
- To meet ‘quota’ or statistical requirements imposed by the importing country
- To comply with the banking or trade finance requirements/letters of credit
The main forms of Certificates of Origin are:
European Certificate of Origin
Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin
Companies can now apply for Certificates of Origin online via www.esscert.com. This allows companies to make considerable savings in both time and resources.