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Do you export goods outside the European Union? Exports to many countries outside the EU require an origin document stating the country from which the product originates. Normally, a Certificate of Origin (CvO) is used. You should use a EUR.1 document or EUR-MED document for countries with which the European Union has concluded trade agreements. These documents entitle you to a reduction of import duty or in some cases even an exemption.
Corona crisis: Digital certificate temporarily allowed
As a result of the corona crisis problems may arise in supplying of certificates of origin. Where normally you should supply an original certificate, you may now supply a digital version to customs. A paper copy of the certificate is also allowed. This temporary measure applies to: EUR.1 and EUR-MED movement certificates and FORM A and A.TR certificates of origin.
Applying for a Certificate of Origin
You can request a Certificate of Origin, EUR.1 document or EUR-MED document digitally or in writing from the Chamber of Commerce (KvK). For any questions around KVK export documents, you can contact their Export Document Desk via 088 585 15 85, menu option 4.
The Customs papers required differ per product and per country to which you want to export. As a general rule, products must be accompanied by a commercial invoice and a transport document. The EU’s Access2Markets Database shows the documents required for a large number of countries for individual products and the levies such as import duty, excise duty and VAT.