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FedEx customers claiming preferential treatment for exports and imports normally have to complete Form EUR1 or Form A. However, a simpler option in the form of an invoice declaration is available in lieu of these forms if the value of the goods being exported or imported does not exceed €6,000. This option is available for shipments originating in all 27 countries of the EU and for those countries with whom the EU has an agreement on EUR1 and Form A as per the table below.

In all such cases a specific declaration should appear on the accompanying commercial invoice (CI) and must comply with the following requirements:

  • It should be typed, stamped or printed on the invoice, the delivery note or any other commercial document;
  • Handwritten declarations must be completed in ink using printed characters;
  • Declarations must bear the original signature of the exporter.

In addition:

(a) Where the invoice takes the place of Form A, the exporter’s declaration (Annex 18 of EU Regulation 2454/93) must be prepared in either French or English;

(b) Where the invoice takes the place of Form EUR1, it must use one of the linguistic versions set out in Annex 22 of EU Regulation 2454/93 and also comply with the provisions of the domestic law of the exporting country;

As a result of this simplification, the countries should use the following forms:

  <€ 6,000
Annex 22
>€ 6,000
Form EUR1
<€ 6,000
Annex 18
>€ 6,000
Form A
African, Caribbean and Pacific States  x x  
Andorra x x    
Beneficiary Countries of the GSP x x
CARIFORUM  x x    
Ceuta & Melilla x x  
Chile x x  
Korea x x  
Mexico x x  
Overseas Countries and Territories  x x    
Pan-Euro-Med  x x    
South Africa x x    
Western Balkans  x x    

The Direct Transport Rule also requires that goods arriving in the country of import are the same as those which left the country of export. If under customs supervision the whole time, goods that pass through (or stop over in) the territory of a third country are considered compliant. The issue of a single transport document covering the passage of the goods through the country of transit or the provision of a " Non-manipulation Certificate " are also sufficient proof that the goods comply with relevant legislation.

FedEx customers should note that limits in those destination countries that do not use the Euro (e.g. the UK, Sweden and Denmark) are expressed in local currency and can differ significantly from the pure currency conversion rate for €6000. The exact amounts can similarly differ according to countries of origin.

Full details of relevant origin rules can be found here. Alternatively, contact Customer Service on 17334448 for more information.

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