ATR Certificates – Important Changes

The UK has signed a trade agreement with Turkey which means that ATR 1 certificates previously used to claim preferential trade when importing from or exporting to Turkey are no longer issued.

Entitlement to preference is now based on a declaration on origin that the product is originating made out by the exporter. This can be in electronic format.

Declaration on origin

The declaration on origin must use the following wording:

The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorisation No … (1)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of … (2) preferential origin.

… (3)

(Place and date)

… (4)

(Signature of the exporter, in addition the name of the person signing the declaration has to be indicated in clear script)

Notes:

  1. For exporters located in Turkey, when the origin declaration is made out by an approved exporter, the authorisation number of the approved exporter must be entered in this space. When the origin declaration is not made out by an approved exporter, the words in brackets shall be omitted or the space left blank. When the origin declaration is made out by an exporter located in the UK, the EORI number must be entered in this space.
  2. Origin of products to be indicated
  3. These may be omitted if the information is contained in the document itself
  4. In cases where the exporter is not required to sign, the exemption of signature also implies the exemption of the name of the signatory.

When exporting to Turkey you must include your EORI-number in any declaration you issue to your Turkish customer, regardless of the value.

The declaration on origin must be provided on an invoice, or any other commercial document (excluding a Bill of Lading), describing the originating product in sufficient detail to enable its identification.

Declarations on origin will be valid for 24 months from the date it was made out for imports into the UK or 12 months for imports into Turkey.

Transitional measures

As a transitional measure to cover goods in customs warehousing or temporary storage, or in transit on 31 December 2020, HMRC will accept ATR and EUR1 forms issued and dated on or before 31 December 2020 as proof of origin for a period of up to 12 months after 31 December 2020.

Click below for more:

Trade with Turkey Guidance from 1 January 2021

Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and The Republic of Turkey


For more on exporting to Turkey

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