The European Commission has issued updated guidance on securing tariff-free trade under the Brexit trade deal.
As previously discussed, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for zero tariffs on the trade of goods between the EU and UK as long as those goods comply with the specified rules of origin.
EU companies exporting to the UK will need to assemble sufficient information about the product to demonstrate the products meet RoO requirements. They must then draw up a statement of origin identifying the product.
Keep a copy of the RoO declaration for at least four years. This may be required should authorities request future verification.
If the UK-based importer is claiming preferential treatment based on your claim of origin, you must provide the importer with the relevant statement of origin.
Businesses shipping consignments valued over €6 000 must be registered with the EU Registered Exporters System and obtain a valid REX number.
Contact an expert advisory service if you have any doubt about how to collect or specify the requisite information, or you need technical assistance regarding rules of origin requirements.
EU companies importing from the UK
If you are importing from the UK, and you are satisfied that the product is subject to import duties, you have two options for proving origin.
You can obtain a statement of origin from the UK exporter. In such cases, the statement of origin must include a GB EORI number.
Alternatively, you can claim the preferential treatment based on your own assertion of origin. If you choose to claim preferential treatment based on your own knowledge that the goods comply with RoO requirements, ensure you have the necessary documents to support that claim.
Companies are advised to keep a copy of the statement of origin declaration for at least three years.
Import admin essentials
Much of the discussion about Brexit bureaucracy has centred on border delays and customs confusion. At the same time, businesses that trade between the UK and EU should not neglect the importance of effective record keeping.
Even if everything is in order at the time of export, companies could be subject to penalties if they do not provide the relevant documentation upon the request of tax authorities. Businesses should therefore prioritise effective recording-keeping and storage processes.
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