Important documentation information and Christmas opening hours

December 3, 2020

CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN FORMS
UK Certificate of Origin forms are available for purchase upon request by telephoning the office on 01223 237414.
These must not be used prior to 1 January 2021, and would not be valid if used or dated prior to this date.

EC Certificate of Origin forms will not be valid after Thursday 31 December. Any remaining stock of forms must be destroyed by the Exporter on the 31 December. Any used after this date will be void, and would incur customs delays and possible demurrage charges for goods not being permitted to cross the border.

If you have a letter of credit that requests a European Community Certificate of Origin and you will be applying after 31 December 2021 then you will need to get the letter of credit amended to state UK Certificate of Origin.

Please find our completion guide to completing a UK Certificate of Origin here.

The Chamber does not accept any responsibility for any online documents printed on an EU Certificate of Origin or EUR1 form by exporters after 1 January 2021. Exporters are responsible for printing forms correctly.

EUR1 FORMS
There is still uncertainty around EUR1 forms with guidance not yet published by HMRC.

However, there will be new UK EUR1 forms for countries where the UK has signed a new trade agreement with another country and we hope to have a stock of these available shortly. As soon as this guidance is made available it will be circulated to you. You can also keep checking Customs Notice 827 online.

We would advise you to keep a few of your current EUR1 forms as these would be required if you needed to apply for a Duplicate application that was originally dated before 1 January 2021.

ATR’S
ATR’s will not be used after 31 December 2020. If a trade deal is agreed with Turkey then it is anticipated that a UK EUR1 would be used to declare origin and gain preference. Once we have clarification on this we will advise.

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
The Chamber office will close at 1.00pm on Thursday 24 December.

During the following week export staff will be in the office on Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 December from 9.00am-1.00pm.

Please note that we will not be processing online applications on Thursday 31 December, see online application details below for clarification.

The Chamber office will then re-open at 9.00am on Monday 4 January 2021.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS
All documentation processed online must be printed by the Exporter by close of play on Wednesday 30 December to avoid the application becoming void and being removed from the system. Any documentation not printed by this point would need to be reapplied for after Friday 1 January, and a new UK Certificate of Origin form used for printing.

Any application voided by the Chamber for not having been printed will incur our £10.50 (plus VAT) checking fee.

EGYPTIAN CONSULAR DOCUMENTATION
Any requests for legalisation by the Egyptian Embassy will be processed up to, and including, Thursday 17 December. Any applications received after this date will not be processed until Monday 4 January and will need to be on the UK Certificate of Origin form.

ARAB-BRITISH CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN / CONSULAR SERVICES
Any Arab applications, or consular work for any other country, will be processed up to, and including, Thursday 17 December. Any received after this date would not be sent to the Arab Chamber/Consular Services provider until Monday 4 January.

If you have any queries, please contact the International Trade team on 01223 237414.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce