The certificate of origin of goods Form “ A ” has to be produced for the traders to benefit of preferential treatment at the importation of Bulgarian goods, i.e. this is a preferential certificate.
Bulgarian exporters can benefit of preferential treatment when importing goods in other countries if the goods meet certain requirements. The basis is the concept of the origin of goods, i.e. the exporting country has to prove that the goods were produced entirely in the country, or, that they have undergone a sufficient degree of processing, according to the accepted preferential schemes. This fact is proved and certified by certificates Form "A".
Certificates of origin Form "A" are validated by BCCI in 1 original and 3 copies, at the request of the exporting company. They have to be filled in legibly in English or French. The forms of the certificates are made according to the requirements of the General System of Preferences.
A separate certificate of origin has to be issued for each individual shipment. For example, if certain goods are exported by three trucks, the goods in each truck have to be accompanied by a separate certificate of origin.
The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry validates certificates of Origin – Form “A” issued by all kinds of Bulgarian tradesmen.
The documents are received and processed by the BCCI experts working in Sofia and by the BCCI experts stationed in the Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
REQUIREMENTS FORENTRIES TO BE MADE IN THE CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN – FORM “A”
- Goods consigned from(Exporter’s business name, address, country): make an entry of the exact name of the Bulgarian exporter-company, BULSTAT, full address(Postal code, city, str., No);
- Goods consigned to(Consignee’s name, address, country): make an entry of the business name and the exact address of the consignee company;
- Means of transport and route(as far known): make an entry of the mode of transportation of the goods: by train, by sea, by air, by car etc and the route if known. This is a facultative requirement;
- For official use: this box is left blank. It is left for remarks of the importer. The box is filled in case of issuing of a duplicate of the certificate of origin – Form “A” or the certificate is issued after the goods have left the territory of the country – (retrospectively);
- Item number: make an entry of the reference number of the goods described in the certificate;
- Marks and numbers of packages: make an entry of the designated mark on the package and the number of packages;
- Number and kind of packages; description of goods: make an entry of the number and the kind of the packages and a thorough description of the goods in such a way as to enable the products to be identified by the customs officer examining them;
- Origin criterion: This is the most important box – the origin criterion. Make an entry of the relevant index corresponding to the origin criterion of the goods in accordance with the rules and the preferential schemes of the country of destination.
Two main criteria are applied for identifying the origin of goods:
- When the product is wholly obtained in the Republic of Bulgaria with Bulgarian prime and raw materials, enter the letter “P” in box 8.
- If the product is obtained in the Republic of Bulgaria and imported prime and raw materials have been used for its production, the product should have been sufficiently worked or processed so as to acquire domestic(Bulgarian)origin. In practice the rule for “sufficient degree of processing” might be expressed by:
- change of the customs code of the finished product in comparison with the customs positions of the imported prime and raw materials used for its production;
- a list of the adaptations which make it possible for the products manufactured with imported raw materials to acquire Bulgarian origin. Each country giving preference to Bulgaria makes such a specific list;
- the rule for the “ad valorem” percentage when the percent of the value of the imported prime and raw materials use for the production of the goods does not exceed a certain percent defined by the country of destination estimated as a percentage of the ex-factory price of the exported finished product.
In the examples listed above, enter the letter “W” in Box 8 followed by the four-digit Customs Nomenclature tariff heading of the exported product, for example “W 8445”.
When the goods are for export to the USA, enter the letter “Y” in Box 8 followed by the sum of the cost of the domestic materials and the direct cost of processing, expressed as a percentage of the ex-factory price of the product, for example “Y 35%”.
- Gross weight or other quantity: enter the gross weight and the quantity of the exported goods by using the 3-letter code of the respective unit of measure.
- Number and date of invoices: enter the number and the date of issue of the export invoice.
It is hereby certified, on the basis of control carried out, that the declaration by the exporter is correct: this is the box where the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry validates the accuracy of the information declared by the exporter in Box 12 of the certificate. The employee of the BCCI, authorized to validate certificates of origin “A” Form lays his/her signature here, enters the date and the place of validation of the certificate and stamps the seal of the Chamber in English.
- Declaration by the exporter
The undersigned hereby declares that the above details and statements are correct; that all the goods were produced in: in this Box the official representative according to the court registration of the exporting-company or another person authorized by him/her fills in and signs a declaration by virtue of which he/she bears responsibility for incorrect information filled in the certificate. The name of the country where the product has been manufactured is entered here, underneath stays the country of destination. The date and place of issue of the certificate are entered beneath and the representative of the exporting company lays his/her signature. The signature has to be laid by the person themselves both on the original of the certificate and on the three copies as well.
Reference number of the validation of the certificate by BCCI is entered at the top right-side hand of the form and underneath stays the country where the certificate has been issued, in this case the Republic of Bulgaria.
The original is stamped with special stamps of the Chamber according to the Tariff of Rates of Services rendered by the Chamber. The cost of the stamps depends on the cost of the exported goods in the certificate.
On the overleaf of the last copy of the certificate the exporter fills in the following declaration:
The undersigned…………………………, occupying the position of…………………in company……………………………….
DECLARES , that
the company exports………………………(kind of the goods, customs No…….) ……… valued at………………….to…………………….(country of destination).
The information in the certificate is correct and the goods are produced in………………….………(country).
I am aware that for furnishing untrue information I am liable to legal penalties.
The declaration is signed by the representative according to the court registration whose signature specimen has been submitted to BCCI or a person given express authority by him/her whose signature specimen has also been submitted to BCCI and the company’s seal is stamped.
When upon submitting the certificate for validation in BCCI the information concerning the quantity of the goods, means of transport etc. cannot be filled in, the following text is included in the above cited declaration.
"The missing information will be filled in before the goods leave the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria.”
REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUING AND VALIDATION OF CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN FORM “A”:
FOR COMPANIES WHICH ARE REGISTERED WITH BCCI -
The Chamber employee verifies routinely the accuracy of information and authenticity of the signature using the data base of the Trade Register. If there is a change in any of the circumstances, the information on the file is updated and the certificate is validated
FOR COMPANIES WHICH ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH BCCI -
Certificates are validated upon presentation of the following documents:
- Document for actual status of the company issued by the Registry Agency;
- If the representative according to registration is submitting the documents for validation, he/she sh all lay his/her signature before an employee of the Trade Register Directorate of the BCCI on a specimen declaration form printed by the Chamber. The signature specimen is kept in a special file of the trader and is not further required at later validations of certificates of origin ;
- If the certificates of origin are submitted for validation by another person and they have been signed by the representative according to registration, an original of the signature specimen of the representative according to registration attested by a notary public, or a certified copy of it, has to be submitted ;
- If the certificates of origin submitted for validation have been signed by a person, who is not representative according to registration, an original power of attorney attested by a notary public and signed by the representative according to registration must be presented, , or a certified copy of this power of attorney. If the power of attorney has a fixed duration, after its expiration a new power of attorney has to be presented.
- If an authorized representative is submitting the documents in person to BCCI, he/she shall lay his/her signature before an employee of the Trade Register Directorate of the BCCI, on a specimen declaration form of the Chamber.
- If the authorized representative is not submitting the documents in person to BCCI, an original signature specimen, attested by a notary public has to be presented.
The registration with the BCCI Trade Register facilitates a lot the procedure because the relevant information about the company is already uploaded in the computer system and the check -up is routine. Thus, the above listed documents are not required for each validation of a certificate. Besides, documents of the companies entered in the Trade Register of the Chamber are validated at preferential rates.
DOCUMENT, PROVING THE ORIGIN OF GOODS
Depending on the kind of the goods, the document may be:
- Letter or invoice by the manufacturer, specifying the origin of the exported goods, in compliance with the rules for preferential treatment or,
- Copy of a customs declaration for the importation of the goods, certificate "EUR.1" or another certificate of origin, issued and validated by a competent foreign institution (for foreign origin), or,
- Quality certificate, or,
- Phytosanitary certificate (for exports of goods of vegetable origin), or,
- Veterinarian certificate (for exports of animal goods), or,
- Analysis or laboratory certificate (for exports of medicines, cosmetics, medicines, chemical preparations, etc.), or,
- Another document specifying the origin of goods.