Attention importers! There is the official EC position regarding A.TR, EUR.1 and EUR-MED certificates electronically verified in Turkey. The lack of a handwritten signature on these documents makes it impossible to apply for preferential treatment of the goods.
New electronic A.TR, EUR.1 and EUR-MED certificates not bearing the traditional signature of the exporter and / or authorities authorized to issue them will not be recognized in EU countries. This is the official position of the European Commission. Such certificates do not meet the requirements of relevant EU-Turkey agreements and cannot be used to apply for preferential treatment of goods.
The European Commission has undertaken to take measures towards Turkey to introduce systemic solutions which will ensure that a handwritten signature is placed on these documents. The National Tax Administration (KAS) in Poland is preparing a newsletter in which it will inform about the legal bases, steps taken so far and recommended actions that should be taken by the EU importers.
What are the recommendations?
Until the end of this year, there is a transition period in which Turkey may issue traditional certificates and it is currently recommended to apply for such documents. Incomplete certificates (without a handwritten signature) should be returned to the sender of the goods, who will be able to obtain the necessary signatures on the document, or apply for a new certificate.
As the customs authorities in connection with the situation are reinforcing control activities, it will be necessary to display these documents when submitting customs declarations. KAS recommends using the „e-załączniki” (e-attachments) service.