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Individual and long-term supplier declarations serve to prove the preferential origin of a product. Long-term supplier declarations are usually issued at the turn of the year for a period of one year for the future. From 1 May 2016, the new Union Customs Code (UCC) and the draft Implementing Act (IA) will apply. The previous legal basis VO (EG) No. 1207/2001 for supplier declarations will be replaced by the new implementing regulation.

In the opinion of customs, supplier’s declarations continue to apply

According to the German customs administration, the supplier’s declarations issued before 1 May 2016 will continue to apply after this date, since a reference to your legal basis was neither required nor will be required in future.

Therefore, the customs authorities do not believe that these supplier declarations will have to be replaced by new ones. The requirements under the new legal instruments for long-term supplier declarations for goods with preferential originating status should differ only marginally in their wording. In future, long-term supplier’s declarations are to be issued from 1 May 2016 with a validity of up to two years from the date of issue. However, it was not permissible to enter a validity period of more than one year before 1 May 2016.

Origin of goods and preferences is an area of customs law in which legal advice can decide in particular on economic success and failure. Talk to a lawyer!

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