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Your Guide to Export Documents

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European Community Certificate of Origin 

A Certificate of Origin is an actual declaration of origin certifying where an export item originated and in some countries, this document is required by Customs as part of the import clearance procedure. This document can be applied for electronically by registering your company at www.e-zcert.com

Click here for further information and full completion instructions of Certificates of Origin.

Commercial Invoices and Other Documents

You may be asked for your commercial invoice to be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce and legalised by the relevant Embassy. Documents such as Health Certificates, Agency Agreements, Power of Attorney, Free Sale Certificates and many more other documents may also be authenticated by the Chamber of Commerce, legalised by the relevant Embassy and/or require the Apostille of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Chamber Global Trade Hub can arrange this on your behalf.

Arab British Certificate of Origin

These Certificates of Origin are specifically for Arab State Countries i.e. Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt (although Egypt is recognised as an Arab League country, Arab British Certificates of Origin are not accepted. Use the standard EC Certificate of Origin), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somali Democratic Republic, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Republic of Yemen. Many of these documents require legalisation by the appropriate Embassy and as a sub agent to the Arab British Chamber, the Chamber Global Trade Hub can arrange this for you. Please be aware that you should allow extra time and expect considerable costs, however, the Chamber Global Trade Hub Export Documentation Team can provide approximate costs prior to submission of your documents.

Click here for further information and full completion instructions of Arab-British Certificates of Origin.

It is advisable to check which Certificate of Origin is required as some Arab states will accept European Community Certificates of Origin as long as an indemnity is included.

EUR1, EUR-MED and ATR Form Authorisation 

The Chamber Global Trade Hub is authorised to authenticate Preference Documents on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs.

EUR1 and EUR-MED

There are many overseas countries that have trade agreements with the European Union. An EUR1 or EUR-MED may be required by your overseas customer (within the agreements) to clear the goods into their country at reduced or zero duty rates. As the issuer/exporter of the EUR1 or EUR-MED, the goods covered by the document must have been manufactured in the EU and satisfy the origin rules in Customs Notices 827, 828, 830 & 832.

Click here for further information and completion instructions of an EUR1 certificate.
Click here for further information and completion instruction of an EUR-MED certificate

ATR

These are preference documents specifically for Turkey which are required for all exports in order for businesses to receive preferential import duty rates or duty free. The origin rules are different to the EUR1 rules as the goods can originate anywhere in the world however if they are imported they must be in free circulation within the EU (all import formalities have been completed). IPR and End Use goods are not eligible for preference. The rules are laid down by Customs Notice 812.

Click here for further information and completion instructions of an ATR.

Notary Public

If you are dealing with any legal transaction overseas, you may need a Notary Public at some stage to witness documents or certify information. The Notary’s main function is to ensure that the document being notarised will be effective in the country it is being sent to. Once a document has been properly notarised, it is proof that the correct person signed and understood the document or that the information being certified has been correctly verified.

Common examples of transactions that need a Notary:

  • Setting up a business overseas
  • Dealing with intellectual property rights
  • Enforcing litigation in foreign jurisdictions
Contact the Chamber Global Trade Hub Export Documentation Team for further information. 

Standard Shipping Notes (SSN ) and Dangerous Goods Notes (DGN) 

The Chamber International Trade Centre holds stock and can supply you with blank Standard Shipping Notes and Dangerous Goods Notes (chargeable).

PRICE LIST FOR DOCUMENTATION can be found here

For more information please contact the International Trade Team

internationaltrade@hwchamber.co.uk    01905 673614

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