Drogheda Chamber in conjunction with Chambers Ireland have been attempting to get clarity on whether the UK will requires CO post Brexit in a no-deal/WTO rules scenario- please see below!

(Note: the following information only covers Certificates of Origin, not any other customs documentation which probably will required in a post Brexit/no deal scenario.)

No Deal Scenario

  • We recently received an update from London Chamber following a meeting held with HMRC on Wednesday. At present UK HMRC do not require Certs of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries and are therefore not likely to require Irish goods arriving in the UK post Brexit/no-deal to be accompanied by a Cert of Origin.
  • We are informed also that in the event of a no-deal, client companies in the UK may request a Cert depending on their individual needs (re-exporting etc). This applies vice versa. Irish companies whose supply chain contains UK components may also need to apply for a Certs- this will depend on the needs of and requirements in the country of destination. In addition companies using a Documentary Letter of Credit to finance shipments may be requested by the relevant bank to obtain a Certificate of Origin too.

Withdrawal Agreement Scenario

  • The status quo will continue as normal for the duration of the transition agreement

Future Trade Deal

  • In the event of a trade agreement between the UK and EU in the future, preferential movement certificates will likely be required but in Ireland, these documents are issued by Revenue, not Chambers.

Next Steps- Preparing Members

  • Of course we would counsel that all this information is heavily dependent on the circumstances around how a “No Deal” scenario may occur on 29 March. For example should relationships between the EU and UK have soured dramatically, unexpected retaliatory measures may be introduced but this is probably very unlikely.
  • If your member companies, and exporters in your regions, are unsure as to whether they will need a CO post No-Deal (for client or supply chain reasons), we suggest you advise them to complete registration documentation with the Chambers in advance of the 29 March- letter of indemnity, list of authorised signatories, copy of CRO registration. Should we go to no-deal and should they be asked by their client company to produce a Cert of Origin, then they will have some of the paperwork completed in advance. They may also wish to contact their buyers in the UK to ask them if they are likely to request Certificates too.

Brexit Resources

  • I hope this update provides some clarity in the short-term.  We’d also like to remind you that we’re frequently updating our website with all the latest news and resources-
  • Insert chamber website link  &   http://www.chambers.ie/policy/the-brexit-result-information-for-chambers/
  • Please also find attached a document that includes tips for companies in preparing for a No-Deal Brexit
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Emma Kerins – Chambers Ireland emma.kerins@chambers.ie