Preferential and non-preferential origin


The country of origin of goods is a factor in determining the amount of duty payable. Other factors include the type and value of the goods.

Reduced duty rates apply to European Union (EU) imports from countries that have trade agreements with the EU. Preferential origin rules in these agreements are used to determine the country of origin of the imported goods. Depending on the Rules of Origin in the relevant trade agreement, you can use the following as proof of preferential origin:

  • statement on origin
  • importer's knowledge
  • invoice declaration
  • or
  • EUR.1 Movement Certificates.

You should consult the individual trade agreement in relation to the proof of preferential origin to be used. You will find further information on the following agreements in:

You will find information about how to register to use the statement on origin in Registered Exporters System. You will find information about the Authorisation to use invoice declarations in Invoice Declarations.

Exporters may obtain supporting evidence from suppliers stating the origin of their products in the form of supplier’s declarations.

Non-preferential origin rules apply for purposes other than preferential duty. These are used to determine, for example, if trade embargoes or Anti-Dumping Duties apply, or for compiling statistics.

The European Commission provides the following detailed information on the rules of origin:

Please see Further guidance for:

  • additional information about the rules of origin
  • a presentation providing information concerning the possible effects of Brexit on trade under free trade agreements.

EUR.1 forms are available at the following locations:


New Customs House
Promenade Road
Dublin 3
D03 W2T9.

Airport Cargo
Trade Facilitation Unit
Cargo Terminal
Dublin Airport
Co. Dublin
K67 D8P3.


Revenue House
Assumption Road
T23 W922.


Government Offices
The Glen
X91 PO4E.


Sarsfield House
Francis Street
V94 R972.


Rosslare Harbour
Co Wexford
Y35 PH74X.


Geata na Cathrach
Fair Green
H91 W26K.

Telephone number for all locations: +353 (0)1 7383685.

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