HMRC to temporarily accept faxed or scanned certificates of origin until 31 May 2010

13 May 2010

Due to the extra ordinary circumstances caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, those importers that have consignments waiting at port for release to free circulation, for which the required original proof of preferential origin has not yet arrived due to the volcanic ash problem, will be able to claim preference supported either a faxed or a scanned copy of the original preference certificate (GSP Form A, EUR1, EUR-MED or ATR Movement Certificate) concerned until 31 May 2010.

What must the importer do?

In Box 44 of the customs import entry the importer must indicate that the necessary proof of preferential origin is held, together with the serial number of the faxed/scanned certificate and its relevant document code. Failure to include the appropriate document status code will result in a security requirement.
Once the situation has resolved itself, the original document(s) must be obtained and held by the importer for presentation to HMRC as and when required.

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