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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / August 2016 / TRUDIE BOWMAN – HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT EXPORT DOCUMENTATION?

Date: 25/08/2016

Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the UK has been thrown into a period of uncertainty. But will Brexit have any impact on the current Export Documentation requirements? 

The answer is currently no. Until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is implemented and exit talks are started, nothing will change. Exporters need to continue to follow the current rulings; for the moment, the application process for Certificates of Origin, EUR1’s and ATR’s will not change.

In the long term, Certificates of Origin should not be affected. There may be an increased requirement for these documents by other EU countries as proof of origin outside of the EU, but this will depend on what agreement is made with the EU at the time of discussion. Certificates of Origin will continue to be a way of certifying the originating country of goods origin wherever that may be throughout the world.

EUR1’s, also known as "movement certificates", enable importers in certain countries to import goods at a reduced or nil rate of import duty under trade agreements between the EU and beneficiary countries. Therefore, this document may well be void once the exit process is implemented.

The same applies for ATR’s, also known as "movement certificates" for Turkey only. This document is also issued for goods which are EU originating or in free circulation within the EU i.e. on importation into the EU, all relevant duties and taxes have been paid.

As soon as any changes are made, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce will keep its followers updated, however, should you wish to talk to someone regarding this subject, contact the Commercial International Trade Manager, Trudie Bowman on 01905 673 591 or e-mail

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Trudie Bowman

Commercial International Trade Manager

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