Importers – Tariff preference certificates
HMRC have issued an updated 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 on either a GSP Form Aor on a EUR1 movement certificates.
As we have previously reported, 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 noted that forms are not compliant as they do not meet the correct legal requirements such as using the wrong colour or background pattern.
The European Commission have notified preference receiving countries to remind them of the legal requirements and their obligations. However, whilst the stock of ‘irregular’ certificates is exhausted, member states can continue to process the forms subject to all the usual conditions.
HMRC have now published a new table which lists the countries which 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 currently comply with the legal requirements comprises Jamaica, Kosovo, Mexico, Norway, India, Iran and Sri Lanka. The period of grace for India has been extended until 30 June 2011.