Importers – Tariff preference certificates
HMRC have issued a notice relevant to importers of goods from a large number of countries. The notice specifically refers to claims for tariff preference which must be supported by the appropriate proof of origin indicated either on a GSP form A or on a EUR1 movement certificate.
The forms must meet certain legal requirements in respect of size, weight of paper, layout and background pattern. In a significant number of circumstances Customs authorities across Europe have reported that forms are not compliant as they do not satisfy the legal requirements. The problem often relates to the background rather than the form content itself.
The European Commission have notified preference receiving countries to remind them of the legal requirements and their obligations. However, whilst stocks of ‘irregular’ certificates are exhausted, member states can continue to process the forms subject to all the usual conditions.
HMRC have published a table which lists the countries who have issued ‘irregular’ certificates as well as cut-off dates after which only forms that fully satisfy the requirements will be accepted. In certain cases, this may result in importers having to request retrospective certificates from suppliers.
The list of countries which do not comply with the legal requirements includes The Dominican
Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Malawi, Senegal and Sri Lanka.