EU UPDATE: EU Customs: EU-Israel Preferential Trade

Based on the arrangement between the EU and Israel for the implementation of the Protocol 4 to the EU-Israel Association Agreement, all preferential documents EUR. 1 and invoice declarations issued or made out in Israel have to show the postal code and the name of the city, village or industrial zone where production conferring originating status has been performed. The situation is the same for movement certificates EUR-Med and invoice declarations EUR-Med that may be issued or made out in Israel for the export to the EU.

Preferential treatment, however, will be refused to those goods for which the proof of origin indicates that the production conferring originating status has taken place in a location within the territories brought under Israeli administration  since June 1967.

In order to ensure greater clarity, the European Commission has now published a "LIST OF NON ELIGIBLE LOCATIONS"

Importers of goods from Israel who wish to use the EU-Israel  preferential regime must now verify the place where the production conferring originating status took place. For preferential declarations on the invoice and preferential declarations on the invoice EUR-Med they should do the same. The internal process to check should be integrated in the work orders and each check should be documented.

In Germany there is no general duty to present these documents to customs . It is sufficient to confirm that the goods concerned were produced in an origin-conferring way under the EU-Israel Agreement.  There is no requirement to include information on a place of processing in ATLAS-customs declarations. 

The official German guideline for the ATLAS procedure (from February 2012) currently includes a duty to present the preferential documents from Israel periodically to the customs office in charge. We understand that this obligation will now be removed.

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