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Simplified Proofs of Origin

Article Date: 09 December 2009

All of the EC’s preferential trade arrangements provide for the use of simplified proofs of preferential origin for consignments with a total value of no more than €6000.

The arrangements also stipulate that no formal proof of preferential origin is required for the following consignments:
(i) Private imports/exports in accompanied baggage provided that the value of the consignment is no more than €1200; and

(ii) Private imports/exports in unaccompanied baggage provided that the value of the consignment is no more than €500.

The rate of exchange used to convert the above Euro amounts into Pounds Sterling depends on the date of entry into force of the arrangement concerned.  Consequently, the Sterling equivalents vary from arrangement to arrangement.

A number of the preferential arrangements also provide for an annual revalorisation of the Sterling equivalents, and as a result of the current strength of the Euro against the Pound the sterling equivalents will be increased for eligible products exported to or from certain preference receiving countries on or after 1 January 2010.

2. Preferential arrangements for which the Sterling equivalents are being increased.

Increases will apply to the Sterling equivalents for eligible products which are exported to or from the following countries on or after 1 January 2010:

The countries of the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean zone, The Western Balkan Countries, African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries covered by the Market Access Regulation (MAR), Chile and the Beneficiary Countries of the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

(a) Low value consignments

Any exporter in the European Community or in the above countries  will be able to issue a preferential origin declaration on an invoice or other commercial document where the total value of the consignment is no more than £5700

(b) Consignments for which no formal proof of origin is required

With effect from 1 January 2010 the Sterling equivalents for:

(i) Private imports/exports in accompanied baggage will be £1140; and

(ii) Private imports/exports in unaccompanied baggage will be £470

3. Preferential arrangements for which the Sterling equivalents remain the same

The following is a list of countries that will not have any change to their limits in Pounds Sterling on or after 1 January 2010:

The CARIFORUM Countries, The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT), Andorra, Mexico, South Africa, and Ceuta and Melilla

Countries that will have a change to their limits in Pounds Sterling from 1 January 2010

Country Invoice Declaration Traveller’s Personal Luggage Small Packages
Pan-Euro-Med Algeria, Switzerland, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Jordan, Lebanon, Leichtenstein, Morocco, Norway, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey*, West Bank & Gaza Strip
*simplified proofs are not available for goods imported & exported under cover of Forms ATR under the EU-Turkey Customs Union arrangements  £5700 £1140 £470
ACP(MAR) Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Fiji, Ghana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe £5700 £1140 £470
Western Balkans Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,  Serbia, Montenegro  & Kosovo £5700 £1140 £470
Chile £5700 £1140 £470
Beneficiary Countries of the GSP £5700 £1140 £470

 Countries that will not have a change to their limits in Pounds Sterling from 1 January 2010
 
Country Invoice Declaration Traveller’s Personal Luggage Small Packages
CARIFORUM Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, St Christopher & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago £4742 £948 £395
OCT Anguilla, Aruba, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern & Antarctic Territories, Greenland, Mayotte, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint eustatius, Saint Martin [Sint Maarten]), New Caledonia & Dependencies, Pitcairn, Saint Helena/Ascension Island/ Tristan da Cunha, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, Wallis & Fortuna Islands. £4830 £965 £400
Andorra  £4830 £965 £400
Mexico £3744 £749 £312
South Africa £3850 £770 £320
Ceuta & Melilla £3585 £965 £400

 

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