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Adoption of electronic movement certificates not yet accepted by all countries

Forwarders and Shippers experiencing problems with the acceptance of electronic movement certificates at destination.

In early January the British International Freight Association (BIFA) was informed by HMRC that Turkey is refusing to accept A.TRs which do not incorporate an original wet signature and stamp in box 12 (Customs Endorsement) and box 13 (Declaration by the Exporter), and are returning all such movement certificates for verification.

The same stance is expected to be adopted on EUR1s. HMRC informed BIFA that there is no legal basis for the adoption of electronic preferential Certificates of Origin and acceptance is at the discetion of the importing country.

HMRC recommend Forwarders and Shippers to note that electronic A.TRs and EUR1s are not to be issued against goods for export to the following list of countries:

  • Croatia
  • Egypt
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

The British Chambers of Commerce have been advised of this issue by HMRC and should endorse these documents, as requested by trade.



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