Kilkenny Chamber is the sole organisation in Kilkenny which is authorised to issue Certificates of Origin. You do not need to be a member of the Chamber, but you must register before any documentation can be certified. Preferential rates apply to Chamber members.
You can now apply for Certificates of Origin online, which is a more efficient way of processing these documents. Contact Kilkenny Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or register at essCert by clicking on the icon to the right.
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.
NOTE: New requirement for exports to Egypt only. .
As of 1st October 2021, the Egyptian authorities have entered into force the ‘Advanced Cargo Information System’. This means that EU exporters will now have to register on the CargoX-Platform (free of charge). Meanwhile, Egyptian Importers have to register on the NAFEZA-Portal, which is the Single Window System of Egyptian Customs.
Shipment data must be entered into the Nafeza Portal before shipment by the Egyptian importer. On the basis of the data entered, the Nafeza Portal will generate a so-called ACID-Number. This number will be automatically sent to the exporter and to the importer. The EU exporter must insert this ACID-Number onto all commercial documents which accompany the shipment (including Certs of Origin). it is recommended that this ACID be entered into Box 4: Transport details on Certificates of Origin.
This process has been initiated so that authorities in Egypt can perform a risk assessment before the shipment arrives in Egyptian harbours. Upon arrival clearance processes will hopefully be much quicker than in the past.
The German-Egyptian Chamber in Cairo is providing all information on the new requirement. They also have a very useful Q&A section on this change which can be accessed here: https://aegypten.ahk.de/en/advanced-cargo-information-system
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.
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