An origin document is required for export to certain countries outside the EU. Usually you use a Certificate of Origin for this. For countries with which the EU has concluded trade agreements, use a EUR1 certificate. That document entitles you to a reduction or even exemption from import duties. The necessary customs documents differ per product and country to which you export. By default, products must be accompanied by a commercial invoice and a transport document.
For countries that have concluded a trade agreement with the EU, your EUR1 certificate also counts as a Certificate of Origin. The main areas with which this agreement exists are:
- The European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
- The European Economic Area (EEA)
- Countries of Central and Eastern Europe (Europe Agreements)
- Mediterranean countries
- Countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific (ACP)
- South Africa
- South Korea
Recipients of your shipments in relevant countries can ask you to prepare a EUR1 certificate, so that they have to pay less or no import duties to customs. Especially in countries with high import duties, the discount or exemption from duties provides imports a big advantage. Please note: you will only receive a EUR1 certificate for goods that you can prove are of EU origin.
Request a EUR 1 certificate
You can request a blank certificate from the Chamber of Commerce, which consists of two documents:
application to issue the certificate;
the certificate itself.
Complete the two documents completely and provide them with the date, your signature and your company stamp on both the front and the back. Then hand over the two documents with your DHL Express courier.
You can have the document endorsed at customs. DHL Express can of course also take care of this for you. DHL Express ensures that your EUR1 certificate is submitted to customs. Your EUR1 certificate will be validated by customs (if not already done
used to be). In connection with the submission of the certificate to customs, you must take into account at least one day's delay. The responsibility of this document rests entirely with the sender. That is why DHL Express will never sign a EUR1 certificate itself.
A EUR1 certificate is not necessary in all cases. Up to certain value limits, origin can be confirmed by indicating a declaration of origin on the commercial or pro forma invoice. This is also known as the invoice statement. Value limits may vary by destination.