UK-EU TRANSITION: ACTIONS FOR BUSINESSES
As you are aware the UK has left the EU and now has a free trade agreement based on zero tariffs and zero quotas. It takes the UK completely out of the EU’s customs union, the EU’s single market and the EU’s entire legal order. This means businesses should continue their preparations to operate in an independent trading nation.
Your business has to make a number of changes to ensure continued flow of people, data, goods and services between the UK and the EU. You must take action as the UK is no longer in the single market or the customs union.
We have already updated you regarding this but to assist further please find for your continued guidance:
BREXIT TRANSITION CHANGES - ACTIONS FOR BUSINESSES
SECTOR SPECIFIC BREXIT TRANSITION ACTIONS
We have been notified that there will be an easement concerning suppliers declarations in relation to the UK EU Trade Agreement. Companies have a 12 month grace period in which to get their long term suppliers declarations in place.
Rules of Origin
The UK and the EU have agreed that supplier declarations on origin don’t need to be in place for the first 12 months. Supplier declarations will need to be available if requested for goods imported during that 12 month period, but a request would only be made after the 12 months. The Chamber encourage you not to delay in ensuring these declarations are in place.
Preferential tariff claims can be made up to three years after import. A
form will be required for a repayment request in the UK.
In the UK, only a UK EORI number is needed from HMRC. No HMRC authorisation of any origin documentation is required for this FTA.
for more information on claiming preferential rates of duty between the UK and EU.
Please note this does not apply to applications for a Certificate of Origin, whereby evidence from the manufacturers of the goods will need to be presented at the time of application to the Chamber.
UK TURKEY TRADE AGREEMENT
ATR’s and EUR1’s can no longer be issued for Turkey. If requested the Chamber can issue a UK Certificate of Origin but this is not required to claim preference. If goods crossed the UK border prior to 11.00pm on 31 December 2020 then it should be possible to issue a retrospective ATR. Contact the Chamber team on 01223 237414 if you need assistance with this and they will detail the procedure to be followed.
Exporters should be aware that they can only claim preference where the goods qualify using the Rules of Origin that apply to their goods which can be found in the guidance available
UK NON-EU COUNTRIES TRADE AGREEMENTS
A list of the countries where the new UK-EUR1 can be issued can be found
Where these agreements refer to a certificate of origin being needed to claim origin they are in fact referring to a UK-EUR1 which for preference purposes is a certificate of origin.
Exporters should be aware that they can only claim preference where the goods qualify using the Rules of Origin that apply to their goods. You should be aware that the origin rules can be different in each agreement, so you need to ensure your goods meet the rules of origin for each country you are exporting to using a UK-EUR1.
Guidance on the completion of a UK-EUR1 can be found
UK EU TRADE AGREEMENT
Exporters should be aware that they can only claim preference where the goods qualify using the Rules of Origin that apply to their goods which can be found
There is no requirement for a UK Certificate of Origin for goods being exported to the EU, but they can be issued if customers request them. Guidance can be found
TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SIGNED AS AT 5 JANUARY 2021
The list is still being updated, however the latest information can be seen
From the links provided for each country you can follow the guidance relating to each country/ bloc.
Where the agreements refer to a certificate of origin they mean a UK-EUR1.
EMBASSY OPENING HOURS
We have been made aware of changes to embassy opening hours as a result of lockdown restrictions. They are working with limited staff and on limited days so please allow extra time for documents to be processed when legalisation is required.
However, please note that the Embassies for Iraq and Tunisia are closed and no documents will be sent to them during lockdown, or until further notice.
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