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Trading with the EU
Dear customer,
This week we’re giving you a reminder of what rules of origin are and the upcoming changes to the requirement for supplier declarations to support proof of origin.
Rules of origin for trade between the UK and EU
The UK’s deal with the EU, called the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), means that the goods you import or export may benefit from a reduced rate of Customs Duty (tariff preference). To use this, you need proof that the goods you: 
import from the EU originate there
export to the EU originate in the UK.
By 'origin' we mean where goods (or the materials, parts or ingredients used to make them) have been produced or manufactured. It is not where the goods have been shipped or bought from.
To benefit from preferential tariffs, the rules of origin requirements in the TCA must be met for:
goods imported into the UK from the EU
goods imported into the EU from the UK.

UK and EU importers will need to have one of the following proofs of origin:

a statement on origin that the product is originating, made out by the exporter
the importer’s knowledge that the product is originating.
You can find more information about how to prove the origin of goods you trade between the UK and EU on GOV‌‌.UK.
New requirements for supplier declarations from 1‌‌ ‌January 2022
For some goods, the exporter may also need to hold supplier declarations. Supplier declarations are documents that your supplier provides to you, that help you establish whether the goods you’re exporting meet the product-specific rules of origin. These are needed as supporting evidence to confirm the origin of the goods, when the manufacture alone is not enough to meet the product-specific rules of origin.
From 1‌‌ ‌January 2022, if you issue statements on origin for goods you export to the EU, you must have supplier declarations (where required) at the time you export your goods. More information on when supplier declarations are needed is available on GOV‌‌.UK.
Between 1‌‌‌‌ ‌January and 31‌‌‌‌ ‌December 2021, you have been allowed to export goods to the EU using preferential tariffs without holding supplier declarations at the time you issued statements on origin, as long as you were confident that these goods met the rules of origin. This was to allow you more time to get your supplier declarations afterwards. This temporary easement will end on 31‌‌ ‌December 2021 and you must hold supplier declarations for goods you’ve exported this year.
If you cannot provide a supplier declaration, or other suitable evidence, to confirm the UK origin of goods you’ve issued statements on origin for when exported to the EU between 1‌‌‌‌ ‌January and 31‌‌‌‌ ‌December 2021, you must let your EU customer know.
If you’re asked to verify the origin of your goods and you can’t provide this supporting evidence:
your EU customer will be liable to pay the full (non-preferential) rate of Customs Duty
you may be charged a penalty
you may be excluded from using preferential tariffs going forward.
You can find more information about using supplier declarations to support a proof of origin on GOV‌‌.UK.
Where you can get help with importing and exporting
We have a range of webinars and YouTube videos on importing and exporting with the EU that you can watch by going to our help and support for UK transition page.
If you export to the EU, the recently launched government Export Support Service is a free service giving you access to online and phone support. You can access it on GOV.UK or by calling 0300‌‌ ‌303‌‌ ‌8955 where you will be put in touch with a member of the dedicated export support team.
Give us a call
Our customer service advisers are available to answer your queries on the Customs and International Trade helpline. They’ll help you with importing, exporting and customs reliefs, including rules of origin. The helpline is open from 8‌‌am to 10‌‌pm Monday‌‌ ‌to‌‌ ‌Friday and from 8‌‌am to 4‌‌pm at weekends. Call 0300‌‌ ‌322‌‌ ‌9434 to speak to an adviser.
We’ll continue to provide guidance and support to help you and your business, including information on GOV‌‌.UK, our popular live webinars and through this regular email. 
Yours faithfully
Directors General, Borders and Trade, HMRC
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