We have a contract to supply equipment to a customer in South Korea. We have been advised that exporters will not be able to issue EUR1 certificates as proof of preference origin and that we now have to be “approved” exporters to issue proof of preference origin where the value is £5700 or more. We are interested in applying for this status and have obtained an application form (C1454) to complete, but we are somewhat confused by it. The full commodity code for our goods begins 8479 (machinery). The value of the contract is approximately €1.8 million euro (of which 1 million will be shipped from the UK) and we will be making between 10 and 20 shipments per annum. We import the material from India and the EU but manufacture the finished machine in the UK. Do we meet the conditions of the preferential origin? Can we state we are the manufacturer of the goods? We will hold evidence of the origin of the bought-in goods but are not sure what they mean by “supplier declarations”. Hopefully you can sketch out an “idiot’s guide” on understanding this issue.

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