Eur1 document is created for custom purposes in order to present the European Union origin of the products that are exported. This document in contrast with the Certificate of Origin does not present the products’ actual country of origin but instead proves that the products origin belongs to any european member country. This document is prepared when a EU country member and a non EU member country have a trade transaction and the non EU country is having a special bi- and multilateral agreement within the Pan-European preference system (the European Union Association Agreement). The EUR1 document is set to provide lower import duty rates or duty free rated to the importer depending on the products that are shipped and their actual origin composition.
The document is again prepared by the shipper and is authorized by the custom authorities of the exporting country. When the EUR1 document is accepted by the non EU importing country the Certificate of Origin is not necessary.
Below we enclosed an example of a EUR1 document:
To be noted that when the value of the export commercial invoice is below 6k euro issuing the document is not obligatory if an additional text is added on the commercial invoice. An example of such text is shown below:
The exporter of the products covered by this document declares that except where otherwise clearly indicated these products are having …(*)… preferential origin.
(*) can be substituted with the country name that the products originate
(**) can be substituted with location city that the products will be loaded from
(***) can be substituted with the date the commercial invoice has been issued
(****) can be substituted with the name of the person in the shipper’s company that certifies this
An example with all the necessary info included is also shown below:
The exporter of the products covered by this document declares that except where otherwise clearly indicated these products are having GR preferential origin.
This text will save the exporter the small amount of money (20-25euro) that is usually charged by a customs agent to prepare the EUR1 document plus make the export procedure faster.
Below we list also per region the countries which have an agreement with the European Union to accept the EUR1 document as up until the date this article was published.
- Bosnia – Herzegovina
- Macedonia or Fyrom
- Moldova, Republic of
- Middle East
- South Africa
- Republica Dominicana
- ACP countries
- Regulated through the Cotonou-agreement, which is not a traditional FTA, but rather a non-reciprocal agreement.