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Posted Wed, 22 Nov 2023 09:54:39 GMT by Imports_Exports queries
Is UK customs still accepting origin declarations with REX number on Commercial Documents for goods coming from DCTS Countries? The UK government guidance is not clear, only states the requirement for the customs identification to be included in the declaration, whatever that might be. No guidance on whatsoever to confirm if REX is still accepted or if not what is considered the customs identification for countries like India, Indonesia etc?
Posted Thu, 23 Nov 2023 16:13:55 GMT by HMRC Admin 25
Hi Imports_Exports queries,
Department for Business and Trader has published a guidance on how to claim preferences under the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) with information on acceptable proof of origin.
Please see below link for more information.
How to claim preferences under the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS)
Thank you. 
Posted Thu, 23 Nov 2023 19:12:49 GMT by Customs oldtimer
Hi HMRC Admin 25 Unfortunately the guidance does not cover the specific question raised by Imports-exports queries. To my understanding a REX number cannot be used when making out the statement on origin under DCTS . The reason being that the REX number is only for use with the EU GSP scheme. The commercial document statement must be supported by a Trader Identification Number, or a GSP /DCTS Form A Better guidance is here: The extract below is the statement required on the invoice declaration. The only reference to importer number is for UK exporters . There is no specific mention of which importer number an overseas exporter should use or what UK importers should check for to verify they can regard the statement as valid when they make the claim for preferential rates. It would be very useful if reference to what importer identification number should be used by the DCTS beneficiary country exporters is published. • include the statement below incorporating the information required by the footnotes. The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs identification No…. (1)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of …. (2) preferential origin in accordance with the rules of origin of the Developing Countries Trading Scheme of the UK and that the origin criterion met is … … ( 3 ). (Place and date (4)) (Name and signature of the exporter) (1) Enter your customs identification number if allocated. Exporters in the UK exporting goods under bilateral cumulation should enter their Economic Operators Registration and Identification (“EORI”) number. (2) Enter the origin of the goods. (3) Products wholly obtained: enter the letter “P”; Products sufficiently processed: enter the letter “W” followed by a heading of the Harmonised System (example “W 96.18”). (4) This may be omitted if included in the document itself.

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