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Important Brexit related changes to Export Trade Documentation

You will be aware that the UK/EU Transition Period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.  This will have a direct impact on some of the export documents that the Chamber provides for you.  It will particularly affect Certificates of Origin, EUR1s and ATRs. Some of this guidance is still subject to UK/EU negotiations and is subject to change but it is correct as at today’s date.


  • This is an important international trade document declaring that goods are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country.
  • On 1 January 2021, the UK Certificate of Origin will replace the EC Certificate of Origin.  Chambers of Commerce across the UK will not be able to certify any EC C of O’s with effect from 1 January 2021.
  • The new UK C of O looks remarkably like the EC C of O, apart from its name. More detailed guidance on completing the certificate is available here.
  • The main operational changes are to Box 3 (Origin). European Community is no longer allowed. All individual countries must be listed. United Kingdom (if applicable) must be listed first, followed by “&” and then the rest of the countries of origin should be listed separately in alphabetical order.
  • SGS/i2i will make the necessary amendments to eCert at or around midnight on 31 December 2020.
  • The Chamber has a stock of UK C of O’s, which we will post out to you from mid-December, for use from 1 January 2021.  Please contact us by email indicating how many blank certificates of origin you would like us to post to you. It is important that these are only used from 1 January 2021.
  • Arab C of O’s will continue as normal.


  • This is a movement certificate that is used to claim a preferential rate of duty when moving goods between the EU and those countries where a free trade agreement exists
  • UK exporters will not be able to use the EC EUR1 after 31 December 2020.
  • On 1 January 2021, the UK-EUR1 will be used where the UK has signed a new trade agreement with another country. A list of these agreements can be found at this link.
  • Exporters must ensure that their goods qualify for preferential treatment under the new agreement by checking the appropriate Rules of Origin for their goods. This may change if a deal is signed with the EU. Please regularly check the HMRC website for updated customs notices relating to UK EUR1's etc. UK and EU preferential export procedures (Notice 827) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The Chamber will receive a limited supply of UK EUR1 forms from HMRC before the end of December. Please email us indicating how many blank UK EUR1’s you would like posting to you. The certificates are free of charge to existing customers, but initial supplies are limited so only ask for what you really need please.


  • This is a goods movement certificate used for preferential treatment of goods moving between the European Community and Turkey.
  • ATRs will cease after 31 December 2020.
  • If a trade deal is agreed with Turkey, then we would expect a UK-EUR1 to be used to declare origin and gain preferences.


Please note that the Chamber offices and services will close from 12pm on Thursday 24 December and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2021.

Therefore, please bear in mind any Certificates submitted whilst we are closed, will need to be issued complying with the new rules coming into force from the 1 January 2021.

The latest dates for export documents are as below:

  • Postal applications to be received prior to Friday 18 December
  • Online express eCert applications to be submitted before 11am Thursday 24 December
  • Online standard eCert applications to be submitted prior to Friday 18 December



The Government continues to provide funding to help businesses prepare for the end of the transition period by learning key Customs skills and knowledge.

The funding will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £1,500 per employee, per course.

For more information on eligible courses from the Chamber and how to apply for the grant email internationaltraining@emc-dnl.co.uk



The Chamber can now provide an independent customs declaration service under the ChamberCustoms brand which operates across the UK.  If you would like any advice or guidance on your customs declarations please contact the team at chambercustoms@emc-dnl.co.uk


If you need any further assistance please call our Export Documentation team on 0333 320 0333 or drop an email to documentation@emc-dnl.co.uk