Documentation & Certification Service

Opening the Global Marketplace for Highlands and Islands Businesses

We can assist you with all of the documentation and legalisation services you need to export your goods and services quickly and easily, avoiding costly delays and ensuring prompt customs clearance. Our services are provided by our dedicated team of qualified and approved certification officers, located in the city centre of Inverness. We also offer electronic certification services that are simple to use and can be completed online with minimum effort. For more info contact Andy, the International Trade Administrator on 01463 228387 or andya@inverness-chamber.co.uk

Members of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and affiliated Chambers get reduced rates on their Documentation & Certification services, click here to download our pricelist, and here to download our Formal Undertaking to register for the international service.

All relevant customs notices can be downloaded free of charge on the homepage of HM Revenue & Customs or you can call the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000 for a printed version.

Documentation Covered:

EC Certificate of Origin

WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN AND WHY MIGHT I NEED ONE?

A Certificate of Origin is a signed statement certifying where an exported item was made and is a Customs clearance requirement in some countries to evidence the origin of the goods.

Please click here for instructions on the completion of the European Community Certificate of Origin or contact your Chamber International Administrator here.

EUR1 Movement Certificate

WHAT IS AN EUR1 MOVEMENT CERTIFICATE AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

An EUR1 Movement Certificate is used to support claims for preferential (usually zero) rates of duty in the country of importation. To qualify the goods must ‘originate’ in the UK or EU and be supported by a correctly completed and endorsed EUR1. The preference system only applies to countries where certain trade agreements exist with the EU.

For an up to date list of countries and guidance for completion of an EUR1, see Notice 828, ask HM Revenue & Customs or your Chamber International Administrator here.

ATR Movement Certificate

WHAT IS AN ATR MOVEMENT CERTIFICATE AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

The ATR Certificate entitles goods, which are in ‘free circulation’ in the EU (i.e. the goods are EU-originating, or on importation into the EU all the relevant duties and taxes have been paid) to receive preferential import duty treatment when shipped to Turkey.

This applies to all eligible goods except agricultural goods, minerals and steel which require an EUR1 Movement Certificate.

When completing an ATR form it is advisable that the exporter or authorised agent consults HM Revenue & Customs notice 812 or the International Trade Administrator at the Chamber of Commerce here.

Arab-British Certificate of Origin

WHAT IS AN ARAB-BRITISH CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN AND DO I NEED ONE?

An Arab-British Certificate of Origin is a Customs clearance requirement in some countries to evidence the origin of the goods. It may also be requested by the importing company. Arab Certificates of Origin may be used for Arab League States as shown below.

Algeria ±
Bahrain
Comoros
Djibouti
Iraq
Jordan ±
Kuwait 
Lebanon ±
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia
Somali Democratic Republic
Sudan
Tunisia ±
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

(± These countries have a preferential trade agreement with the EU so an EUR1 Form or invoice declaration may be applicable.)

Please contact the International Trade Administrator on 01463 228387 or here for further details.

(in association with a partner chamber)

ATA Carnet

WHAT IS AN ATA CARNET AND WHY WOULD MY BUSINESS NEED ONE?

The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document which allows the temporary importation of commercial samples, professional equipment or goods going to either a trade fair or exhibition to countries which are part of the ATA Carnet system. Without an ATA Carnet it would be necessary to go through each country’s Customs procedures for the temporary admission of goods, i.e. lodging a temporary import bond.

The ATA Carnet simplifies the custom formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through Customs in the countries that are part of the ATA Carnet system. An ATA Carnet is valid for one year and allows for movement of the goods shown on the Carnet as many times as required during the 12 months to any of the destinations applied for.

Contact Andy on 01463 228387 or here for further details.

(in association with a partner chamber)