How to fill in a EUR.1 certificate

If your business is currently selling to or planning to sell to Europe, then you may be eligible to receive EUR.1 movement certificates. These certificates state that the exported goods were either wholly or partly manufactured in South Africa. A EUR.1 certificate gives your business a great competitive advantage as there is little or no import duty charged on goods. This lowers the buyer’s costs and makes your product look more attractive.

European countries that accept the EUR.1 certificate include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

When you apply for EUR.1 certificates you receive a pack of 10 blank certificates. You need to fill in one and send it with each export to the above mentioned countries. Each section of the EUR.1 certificate is numbered. Below is an explanation on how to complete each section.

To view a EUR. 1 certificate and the below sections click here.

Section 1: The exporter’s name and address

Section 2: This will be South Africa and the destination country

Section 3: The buyer’s name and address

Section 4: Official abbreviation for South Africa (ZA)

Section 5: Official abbreviation for the destination country

Section 6: This section is optional. You can list the mode of transport (road/sea/air), the departure and destination cities and/or the transport vessel number here. For example “Roadfreight from Cape Town to Maputo” or “Sea freight, MSC Marina V 123”.

Section 7: The exporter may include his own additional comments or internal reference number here.

Section 8: Provide a basic description of the cargo and how it is packed. Are there any marks on the packaging or is there a container number? If not state “no marks” An example would be “1000 cartons (50cm x 50cm x 50cm) of dog food in a 1x6metre container”.

Section 9: This is the total weight including packaging material.

Section 10: This section is optional. Give the number and date of the commercial invoice accompanying your cargo.

Section 11: For official use, leave this blank

Section 12: Sign and date

Back Page: Turn over your EUR.1 certificate and complete the back page by filling in a brief description of how the goods were manufactured and why they are of South African origin (for example “manufactured in a South African factory using South African raw materials”) and list any supporting documents that you may supply. The supporting documents are not compulsory and may include items such as a manufacturer’s declaration. The back page also needs to be signed and dated.

Click here for an example of a completed EUR.1 certificate.

Making use of a EUR.1 certificate is one simple way to give your products an edge when competing in Europe. Before you can apply for a EUR.1 certificate you need to be registered at Customs as an approved exporter. To find out if you are registered and to order a pack of EUR. 1 certificates contact our offices on 021 850 0967 or fill out the form on this page. More information on trade agreements that South Africa is part of is available here.

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