Export documents and Brexit – update for CO and ATA Carnet users

This page provides an update concerning documentation that may be used in international trade in case of a no-deal Brexit. Given the level of uncertainty surrounding the current negotiations, businesses are advised to ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst’ i.e. gear up as far as possible for a no deal situation, be it on 31 October or after a delay of a matter of months. With regard to Certificates of Origin and ATA Carnets, the following should be noted.

Certificates of Origin (CO)

In a no deal scenario a UK CO (non-preferential) has been designed in accordance with the relevant international convention and has been approved by government lawyers. This is believed to an acceptable replacement for the current non-preferential CO and will be issued automatically post-October 31.

Note that non-preferential CO for exports to Arab League countries (Arab-British Certificate of Origin) will be unaffected and there is no need for the format of the document to change in the Brexit context whether there is a deal or not.

Click here for more information on Certificates of Origin.

Movement Certificates (A.TR. and EUR)

It is understood that a slightly revised EUR form has been prepared by government and will be ready for use in a no deal scenario where the existing EU agreements have been rolled over. We understand that this is the case with Andean Countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru ), Cariforum trade bloc (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago), Chile, ESA countries (Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe), Faroe Islands, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein , Norway, Pacific States (Fiji, Papua New Guinea), Palestine, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia. 

In other Free Trade Agreement markets, if there is no roll over then the EUR would not be appropriate though the buyer might call for a non-preferential CO.

If a Withdrawal Agreement or similar is approved by the UK Parliament, non-preferential CO and Movement Certificates will continue to be used for the duration of the transition period exactly as they are now and in the same EU format.

Click here for more information on Movement Certificates.

ATA Carnets

In a no deal scenario it is agreed that ATA Carnets - the passport for goods being temporarily moved cross border for the purpose of being shown at trade fairs or exhibitions, or for professional equipment and samples –  will be able to be used for appropriate temporary shipments to the EU 27 as the UK has signed the relevant international conventions both as the UK and en bloc through the EU. London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has made the necessary changes to the document for this scenario but, naturally, will only make the revised Carnets available in the event of no deal.

In a deal scenario, ATA Carnets will continue to be issued exactly as now, at least until the end of the transition period. Carnets will not therefore be appropriate for temporary movements to and from the EU 27.

Click here for more information on ATA Carnets.

Click here to view the Carnet Brexit Notice for UK Issuing Bodies
Click here to view the Carnet Brexit Notice for customers
Click here to view the Security Rate Chart - Brexit 
Click here to view information on how to move goods through Port of Dover and Eurotunnel with an ATA Carnet if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
Click here to view information on how to move goods with an ATA Carnet through the Port of Holyhead if the UK leaves the EU without a deal
Click here to obtain guidance on exporting goods from the UK to EU after Brexit

For further information on export documents issued by LCCI contact Davor McKinley.