The British Chambers of Commerce have had a number of meetings recently with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to discuss Certificates of Origin after 31st January 2020.  At present DIT have advised that we (East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce) continues to certify EC Certificates of Origin until the end of any negotiation period, currently 31st December 2020.

HMRC have also advised that during the negotiation period that preference documents (EUR1’s/ATRs etc) will continue to be issued as they are today. The UK Government have intimated their position to the EU and expect that the EU will communicate this to EU member states and to countries with whom the EU has trade agreements once the Withdrawal Agreement has concluded its passage through parliament.

Border agencies in importing countries may be unaware of the negotiation arrangements. Therefore, we are asking you to quickly report any instances of documents being refused by any country so that we can have a fast response system in place to address any issues and to try to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.

Any instances of refusal of these documents should be reported directly to Marie White by email detailing certificate date, certificate number, destination country and port of entry.

Need help understanding and completing documentation? Our experienced certification specialist are here to help. Contact the team on 01254 356 448 or email Marie White on