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, business 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


1. Does this apply to my business ?


If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you’ll need to get a UK EORI number to continue trading with the EU after 29th March 2019.


2. What is an EORI number?


Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, 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


3. How do I get an EORI number?


Apply online here


4. What Information will I need?


The information you’ll need to make the application depends on the structure of your organisation. Further information can be found here.


5. How long will it take?


HMRC promise the application takes 10 minutes to fill in.

You’ll get your EORI number by email within 3 working days.



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