What is a Movement Certificate?

A.TR Movement Certificate

Turkey entered into a Customs Union with the EU in 1995 and utilises the preference system with movement certificates (ATr. and EUR.1) for trade with Europe. The intention was that goods could travel between the EU and Turkey without customs restriction.

An ATr. (Admission Temporaire Roulette) is a certificate for the movement of industrial products entitled to a preferential duty rate (normally zero). It is specific to Turkey under the terms of the Customs Union between the EU and Turkey. It can apply to imports and exports and a separate certificate is required for each shipment.

What goods are eligible?

Industrial Goods covered by the ATr. must  be either:

  • Produced in the EU from no imported materials or components
  • Produced in the EU from imported materials or components which all customs duties have been paid and are therefore in European free circulation

The UK has signed a trade deal direct with Turkey so ATR forms are no longer required for preferential trade when shipping UK origin goods to Turkey. Instead a ‘declaration of origin‘ must be used to obtain the preferential rate.

The declaration on origin must use the following wording:

The exporter of the products covered by this document (customs authorisation No …?(1)) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of …?(2)?preferential origin.


(Place and date)


(Signature of the exporter, in addition the name of the person signing the declaration has to be indicated in clear script)


  1. For exporters located in Turkey, when the origin declaration is made out by an approved exporter, the authorisation number of the approved exporter must be entered in this space. When the origin declaration is not made out by an approved exporter, the words in brackets shall be omitted or the space left blank. When the origin declaration is made out by an exporter located in the UK, the EORI number must be entered in this space.
  2. Origin of products to be indicated
  3. These may be omitted if the information is contained in the document itself
  4. In cases where the exporter is not required to sign, the exemption of signature also implies the exemption of the name of the signatory.
EUR1 Certificate

A EUR1 is also certificate for a preferential import duty rate (usually zero) and is not specifically for Turkey. For Turkey it is only used for non-industrial products (otherwise a ATr, is used). Other non-EU countries can also benefit by using a EUR1 such as Switzerland and Israel.

How do I get an EUR1 or ATR form?

If you are an exporter using a freight forwarder as an intermediary they can also complete the EUR1 or ATR form on your behalf (for a cost). Otherwise you can contact your local customs office or check online. You will need to complete the certificate and have it certified and stamped at your local customs office (there maybe a cost for this).

If you are an importer and require the movement form to obtain preferential duty on your shipment it may well be worth first checking the duty rate of the goods you are importing. Since many companies will need to charge to complete the movement certificate, get it certificated by the local customs office and ship the original to you via a courier document service – it could cost more than the duty and tax you will save.

Published by A Kennedy

An award winning, UK based, International Logistics Manager for a multinational tool company. Over 25 years experience in international logistics and supply chain management. Elected ‘Chartered Status’ by the CILT and ‘Expert Status’ by the IoSCM.

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