The rules for completing Movement Certificates EUR.1 and EUR-MED are here. A correctly completed certificate gives you preferential treatment. The only difference between the two certificates is how you complete box 7.
|Note: An update of this article is pending. Please note that some terms and/or references may differ from the Movement of Goods Act and the Customs Duty Act that enters into force from the 1st of January 2023.|
As of 2 April 2020, there are two solutions for EUR.1:
- One of the versions, henceforth known as the paper version, exists in a snap set in three sheets. In the paper version, the certificate is filled out by the exporter or his representative and issued by Customs.
- The other and new version, henceforth known as the electronic version, was introduced on 2 April 2020 and allows the exporter or his representative to fill in the certificate in the governmental portal Altinn. The electronic version is not available for private persons.
Until further notice, Norwegian Customs offer both versions in parallel. EUR-MED is only offered in paper version.
In order to access the electronic version of EUR.1, you have to log on to the governmental portal Altinn. Search for “Tolletaten” or “Varesertifikat EUR.1” or follow this link directly to Altinn. Fill in the form, and you will get a complete movement certificate with date, customs stamp and signature. The form is in Norwegian, but the certificate is in English.
NB: The movement certificate is complete and valid when
- you have clicked on “send inn”,
- downloaded a version with a reference number (marked in red on both sides of the document, in the format of the example below,
- printed in colours and signed the document. Remember to fill out place and sign with your signature in box 12 and write the archive reference number (AR-number) in the box above box 2 before you send the certificate to the consignee/enclose the certificate with the shipment.
- Page 2 shall not be filled out, but must be enclosed along with the certificate with the shipment.
- An instruction on how to log on to Alitnn can be found here (in Norwegian)
- A more detailed instruction on the completion of the digital EUR.1 can be found here (in Norwegian)
- The electronic solution for EUR.1 can be accessed here (in Norwegian)
- An example of the electronic EUR.1-certificate can be found here
- The authentication tool for EUR.1 can be accessed here
Norway’s Free Trade Partners have been notified
Norwegian Customs have been informed that some countries have chosen not to accept the electronic Movement Certificate EUR.1. Norwegian Customs found it necessary to make this electronic version of the Movement Certificate EUR.1 available due to the unprecedented situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the virus.
Norwegian Customs have notified Norway’s trade partners, i.e. through the EFTA-secretariat. In cases where countries do not accept the electronic version of the EUR.1 certificate despite of the above-mentioned notification, Norwegian Customs will strive at changing the origin protocols in the relevant Free Trade Agreements, but this can be a time-consuming process.
15 December 2020, Norwegian Customs made some revisions to the certificate as well as launced an authentication tool where the users can check the authenticity of certificates online: https://eur1.toll.no
Many countries will accept copies and scanned versions of EUR.1 certificates as a temporary exception as long as the Covid-19-situation still lasts. Norwegian Customs would like to encourage Norwegian exporters to apply to become an approved exporter, so that the origin declarations can be made out electronically, i.e. on invoices.
Paper version of EUR.1 and EUR-MED
The name and address of the exporter is obligatory information.
In the Norwegian version of the certificate, the essential text is all pre-printed.
Completion of this box is optional, but should be completed if the consignee is known.
Here, you must state where the goods originate in accordance with the originating rules. When the certificate is issued in accordance with the originating rules in the EEA agreement, the origin of the products will be "EEA". If the certificate is issued according to other free trade agreements, the country in which the product is believed to originate must be entered in this box in accordance with the origin rules in the relevant agreemnt, e.g "Norway".
The recipient country for the product must be stated here. For exports to EU countries under the EEA agreement, the name of the relevant country, "EC" or "Community" is entered.
Completion of this box is optional. You could also enter method of transport, name, number, etc.
The box for remarks is used, among other things, when a movement certificate is to be issued later, e.g
- when the certificate of origin has not been issued at the time of export due to an error
- unintentional omissions
- due to other special conditions
The box is also used when a duplicate of the original certificate is issued. This is done in cases when the certificate has been subject to
If the export is regulated by the bilateral agricultural protocol between EC and Norway (the Oporto agreement), "AGRI" must be entered in this box.
For the EUR-MED certificate, you must also select whether the origin of the goods is cumulative or not.
Upon request, the box may be stamped by the Customs Authorities.
Every item/type of goods must be numbered continuously
Label and number of packages
Identification number/label on packages must be entered so that it corresponds to the associated consignment note. In the event that the goods are only labelled with the consignee`s name and address on the consignment note, enter "addr." or "N/A" in the box.
Number and type of packages
The number of parcels must correspond with the packages given in the invoice for the originating product. The type of packages must be stated with e.g. "psc", "barrels", "boxes".
Type of goods
Type of goods must be noted by entering the usual tradename for the goods. Do not use generic descriptions such as "Ready-to-wear clothing, equipment, piece goods, machinery, parts, means of transport, etc.".
State measurement unit here, e.g. "kg, pcs, litres, cubic metres, etc.".
Completion of this box is optional. The number and date of the invoice can also be important information for the customs administration in the importing country.
This box is for use by the customs administration in the exporting country.
Declarations from the exporter must be signed by the exporter him- of herself, or by someone who has been given authorisation to sign by the person responsible in the company. The signature must be performed by hand, not using a rubber stamp or facsimile. The box must not be signed by the shipping agent, unless it has specific authorisation from the person responsible in the export company.
Boxes 8, 9 and 10 must be completed using single line spacing so that it is difficult to add anything between the lines. If the box is not completely filled, a horizontal line must be drawn after the final line of goods descriptions, and the unused space crossed through diagonally.
Declaration from the exporter
In order for customs administrations to approve an application for issuing Movement Certificate EUR.1 and EUR-MED, the exporter must give their own declaration. This declaration is given on the reverse of the third sheet in the snap set that constitutes the application section for Movement Certificates EUR.1 and EUR-MED. The declaration must be completed by the exporter and signed by the same person who signed the first page in box 12.
For practical reasons, we have prepared standard declarations that exporters can use instead of having to describe and document production of finished goods for each individual export. By using these standard declarations, the exporter assumes full responsibility for ensuring the goods fulfil the requirements set for issuing Movement Certificates EUR.1 and EUR-MED. If Norwegian Customs performs checks, the exporter must document the actual situation.
These standard declarations are often:
- "The good(s) have been produced in their entirety in (...)."
This declaration is used for products from primary industries (natural products) and other products that have achieved originating status exclusively on the basis of materials that are believed to have been produced in the EEA, possibly in Norway, in their entirety.
- "The good(s) have been sufficiently worked/processed in (...)."
These declarations are used for products that have achieved originating status through being sufficiently worked/processed in accordance with the relevant agreement. This is done by all third-country materials used having undergone the processing described in the list rules (process rules) that apply for finished goods.
- "The good(s) are re-exported from Norway in unchanged form or after insufficient working/processing. The good(s) originate from (...)."
If the export occurs in accordance with the EEA agreement, "EEA" must be entered within the brackets for options 1 and 2. If other agreements regulate the preferential trade, "Norway" must be entered within the brackets. Declarations must be signed by someone who has been given authority by the person responsible in the company. It must be the same person who signed box 12 in the certificate. By signing the declaration, the exporter is obligated to be able to document that the declaration and issued certificate are correct, and to approve any checks of accounts and production.
Basic documentation that can document the information given in the certificate must be available for checking at the time of export. Relevant basic documentation can be:
- suppliers' declaration
- subcontractors` declaration
- incomming certificate of origin
- production calculations
- warehouse accounts
- final/quay receipts
The exporter is obligated to store all basic documentation for ten years. Norwegian customs can perform random checks of information from Movement Certificates EUR.1 and EUR-MED without suspicion of breach of contract.
Both certificates are at the front of the snap set of three sheets. The certificate is authenticated (issued) by the customs administration in the exporting country and is valid for four months from the authentication.
Forms (snap set) can be ordered from Wittusen og Jensen AS.