Latest updates on post BREXIT trade documentation

Preference and Non-Preference Certificates of Origin – No Deal Contingency Planning


The British Chambers of Commerce and Sussex Chamber of Commerce continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation to prove origin.


Should the United Kingdom reach a withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that Sussex Chamber of Commerce currently issues to exporters will continue to be used throughout any period of transition.


As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HM Revenue and Customs and Department of International Trade on the revised format of preference and non-preference certificates of origin.


In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide exporters with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.  


Why you need an EORI number


An EORI is for businesses which undertake the import or export of goods into or out of the EU.  An Economic Operator Registration and Identification number is required by HMRC to allow you to:


  • trade goods into or out of the UK
  • submit declarations using software (or to give to your agent to make these declarations on your behalf)
  • apply to be authorised for customs simplifications and procedures

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need an EORI number to continue trading with the EU after Brexit.


Chamber Successful Campaign!


The Chamber network has successfully campaigned to simplify trade procedures. Now government will automatically issue EORI numbers to businesses that are VAT-registered. This will allow traders to prepare for change. For non- VAT-registered businesses, you will still need to register for an EORI number.


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