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Sliding Through Customs

Cargocoon has in-house EU Customs knowledge, therefore we can inform and think alongside with your supply chain and customs needs.
For all daily customs declarations and documents, we work together with AEO-licensed company, United Customs Netherlands BV.

We can provide:

🔹 One-stop shop for Logistics and Customs Declarations and Documents.

🔹 AEO-license application assistance for AEO-C and AEO-S License.

🔹 BTI-request to get an HS-code indication valid for 3 years.

🔹 Objection and Appeal to challenge disputed Customs decisions.

🔹 Customs Consultancy to optimize your supply chain.

We are committed to ensuring your cargo reaches its destination efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively, every time

Customs Declarations and Documents

Import Declarations

Whenever goods are brought into the European Union they have to be placed under a customs procedure. If you want the goods to circulate freely on the EU market, they must be placed under the procedure ‘release for free circulation’. For this customs procedure you need to do an import declaration.
The date of acceptance of the import declaration (by the Dutch Customs) is important to determine the import duties and whether or not tariff quotas are applicable that day. The date of acceptance also counts as the date on which a customs debt arises.

Export Declarations

Whenever goods are leaving the European Union one has to make an export declaration. The declaration contains essential information such as the exporter and consignee details, a thorough description of the goods, their value, origin, and other relevant statements. The declarant will receive an electronic confirmation via AES that the goods have departed the European Union. This confirmation is important to receive the VAT return of the departed goods. 

Customs Origin Documentation (CoO, EUR 1, ATR, T2)
Certificate of Origins, EUR.1 Documents, ATR Documents and T2/T2L/T2LF: Understanding Customs Origin Documentation

In international trade, customs origin documents play a vital role in determining the origin of goods for various purposes including trade agreements, tariffs, and taxation. Three key documents commonly used for this purpose are the Certificate of Origin, EUR.1 Document, and ATR Document. Each serves a specific function and is essential for facilitating smooth trade transactions between countries.

1. Certificate of Origin:

A Certificate of Origin (CO) is a document issued by an authorized body, such as a chamber of commerce or a government agency, certifying the country of origin of goods being exported. It serves as evidence that the goods originate from a specific country and may be required by customs authorities to determine applicable tariffs, preferential trade agreements, or to ensure compliance with import regulations.

The Certificate of Origin typically contains information such as the exporter’s details, the importer’s details, description of the goods, their value, and the country of origin. It may need to be notarized or authenticated by relevant authorities depending on the requirements of the importing country or trade agreement.

2. EUR.1 Document:

The EUR.1 Document is a specific type of certificate of origin used in trade between the European Union (EU) and certain partner countries that have a preferential trade agreement with the EU. It allows exporters to claim preferential tariff treatment for their goods based on the rules of origin outlined in the trade agreement.

To qualify for preferential tariffs under agreements such as the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) or Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), exporters must obtain an EUR.1 Document from the customs authorities in their exporting country. This document certifies that the goods meet the required origin criteria specified in the trade agreement.

3. ATR Document:

The ATR Document is used in trade between European Union (EU) member states and Turkey, facilitating preferential trade arrangements between these parties. ATR stands for “Admission Temporaire – Temporary Admission,” referring to the temporary admission of goods with preferential tariff treatment.

Similar to the EUR.1 Document, the ATR Document enables exporters to claim preferential tariff treatment for their goods when exporting to Turkey or importing from Turkey into EU member states. It certifies that the goods originate in the EU or Turkey, depending on the direction of trade, and meet the necessary origin criteria outlined in the Turkey-EU Customs Union Agreement.

4. T2 Document

The T2 document, or internal transit, is used for transporting Union goods between two locations within the EU customs union while passing through a non-EU territory. This document maintains the status of Union goods throughout the transit, ensuring that they are not subjected to customs duties or import procedures while in transit. For instance, a truck carrying Union goods from Germany to Spain via Switzerland would use a T2 document to demonstrate its Union goods status to the relevant EU customs authorities.

5. T2L Document

The T2L document is specifically designed for sea transport of Union goods within the EU customs territory. It serves as proof of the Union goods status of the goods being transported by sea from one location to another within the EU. For example, goods loaded onto a vessel in Rotterdam with the destination of Dublin would require a T2L document to demonstrate to the Irish customs department that the goods on board are Union goods.

6. T2LF Document

Similar to the T2L document, the T2LF document is used for sea transport of Union goods within the EU customs territory. However, it is specifically required when the destination does not fall under the VAT Directive 2006/112/EG. For instance, when Union goods are loaded onto a vessel in Rotterdam with the final destination of the Canary Islands, a T2LF document would be necessary to indicate that the destination is not subject to VAT regulations under the EU directive.

In conclusion, Certificate of Origin, EUR.1 Document, ATR Document and the T2 Documents are crucial customs origin documents that facilitate international trade by providing evidence of the origin of goods and enabling exporters to claim preferential tariff treatment under various trade agreements. Understanding and complying with the requirements of these documents are essential for smooth and efficient cross-border trade transactions.

T1 (Customs Transit)
Customs Transit under the ECC and T1 Documents
1. European Community Common Transit Convention (ECC):

The European Community Common Transit Convention (ECC) is an international agreement between the European Union (EU) member states, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states, and a few other countries. It facilitates the movement of goods between these territories without the need for customs clearance at each border crossing.

Under the ECC, a common transit procedure is applied, allowing goods to move freely across the territories of the member states, including the EU and EFTA countries, as well as certain non-EU countries. The transit procedure is managed electronically through the New Computerized Transit System (NCTS), which enables customs authorities to track and control the movement of goods in transit.

To initiate transit procedures under the ECC, traders must submit a Transit Declaration (T1) to the customs authorities in the country of departure. The T1 document contains information about the goods being transported, their value, origin, and destination, as well as details about the route and means of transport.

Once the T1 document is accepted by the customs authorities, the goods can be transported through the territories covered by the ECC without the need for further customs clearance until they reach their final destination. However, the transport must be carried out under customs supervision to ensure compliance with transit procedures and prevent any unauthorized diversion or misuse of the transit system.

2. T1 Document:

The T1 document, also known as the Transit Declaration, is a customs document used to initiate transit procedures under the ECC. It serves as a declaration by the exporter or their representative to the customs authorities in the country of departure, providing details about the goods being transported and the intended transit route.

Key information included in the T1 document includes:

– Details of the exporter and importer
– Description of the goods, including quantity, value, and classification
– Country of origin and destination
– Transport route and means of transport
– Customs seals and identification numbers

The T1 document enables customs authorities to track and control the movement of goods in transit, ensuring compliance with customs regulations and preventing any unauthorized diversion or misuse of the transit system. It is a crucial document for facilitating smooth and efficient cross-border trade within the territories covered by the ECC.

In summary, customs transport under the ECC and T1 documents streamlines the movement of goods between EU member states, EFTA countries, and certain non-EU countries, by allowing for customs clearance at the point of destination rather than at each border crossing. The T1 document serves as a declaration to initiate transit procedures, providing essential information to customs authorities to ensure compliance and facilitate secure transit of goods.

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