Genesis trial: preferential origin checks by KVK
- Marco van Hagen
- 15 Dec 2022
- 3 min
- Managing and growing
When exporting to countries outside the EU, you regularly need to fill in the preferential origin of products on your export statement. But mistakes are easy to make and the correct preferential origin is not always filled in. Exporters and suppliers can now ask KVK to check and confirm their statements stating the preferential origin of products. This trial project, called Genesis, will run until 1 April 2023.
When it comes to international trade, 'preferred origin' means that products have a privileged position. The EU and the country of origin have a trade agreement. Foreign buyers pay less or no import duties when importing those products.
You determine the preferential origin of a product based on the preferential rules of origin. These rules are complicated and often differ per country. It is easy to get it wrong, and this often happens. When the wrong preferential origin is used in a statement, an importer may need to pay import duties after all. The shipment will be more expensive than expected.
In a pilot, KVK checks and confirms the preferential origin on invoice statements and preferential supplier statements. This way you can be sure that the statement is correct.
Preferential origin needed
- An exporter declares origin on an invoice statement.
- A supplier declares origin on a preferential supplier statement.
Less customs control
When using an EUR.1 or EUR-MED, KVK and Dutch Customs check the preferential origin of products. The EU regularly concludes new trade agreements. And more and more new ' (in Dutch) no longer require EUR.1 or EUR-MED as proof of preferential origin. Instead, they ask for a preferential invoice statement. An exporter draws up their own invoice statement. The correct origin is no longer checked. This increases the risk of errors.
Correct preferential origin
During the trial period, KVK checks and confirms the preferential origin of products. This is also called a pilot. The trial is for exporters' invoice statements and suppliers' preferential supplier statements.
Invoice statements from exporters
KVK checks whether:
- the products you export comply with the preferential rules of origin.
- the correct text has been used on the invoice statement.
- the correct licence number has been entered if you have an approved (in Dutch) from Dutch Customs.
KVK then confirms the invoice statement. This provides several advantages:
- You can be certain that the invoice statement is correct.
- Your customer runs less risk of paying extra import duties.
- As an exporter, you meet the rules of origin. In other words, you are compliant.
The first three applications are free. After that, a confirmed invoice statement will cost €20.10 in 2022.
Preferential supplier statement of suppliers
You can only request confirmation for statements from suppliers established in the Netherlands.
KVK checks whether:
- the preferential origin stated on the preferential supplier statement 2015/2447 complies with the preferential origin rules.
- the correct text has been used.
KVK then confirms the supplier's statement. This provides these benefits:
- You are certain that your customer receives the correct supplier statement.
- You are compliant as a supplier.
Exporters who want to apply for an EUR.1 or EUR-MED at KVK can also get confirmation of a supplier statement 2015/2447 from their supplier established in the Netherlands.
Within the pilot, applications are free of charge.
Consequences of wrong preferential origin
By using an incorrect preferential origin on a statement, the importer of your products may receive an additional assessment of import duties from the foreign customs authorities. Meaning the importer will have to pay (more) import duties.
An exporter sends toolboxes of electric hand tools to a customer in the United Kingdom. The exporter buys it from a supplier in the EU. The supplier statement 2015/2447 states that the products are of preferential EU origin. The exporter draws up an invoice statement. As a result, the British importer does not pay any import duties.
British Customs doubts the origin, as such tools are often made outside the EU. They do a follow-up check. This indeed shows that the hand tools are not made in the EU. So, no preferential EU origin. The importer receives an additional assessment of the import duties from the British customs, sometimes supplemented with administrative costs.
Customs can charge additional import duties for shipments for up to five years later. In addition to financial damage, this can also have a negative impact on the mutual business relationship. And it can even lead to a .
Participating in the pilot
Do you want to be sure that your invoice statement or preferential supplier statement is correct? Then participate in the pilot and have your statement checked by KVK. The Export Documents department will explain how you can participate. To do so, please contact us by e-mail or telephone:
The pilot is called . In addition to the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland are also participating in this trial. The initiator is the International Chamber (in Dutch).