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In order to clarify the origin of goods within the meaning of customs law, you can apply for binding information on origin.

In international trade, the origin of a product determines, among other things, the amount and type of customs duties to be levied and whether other regulations must be observed, such as import quantities or bans. The origin is not always clear, for example in the case of a multi-stage manufacturing process.

Binding information on origin from the customs authorities helps you to evaluate the manufacturing process in terms of origin and gives you legal and calculation security. A distinction is made between "preferential origin", where the goods enjoy preferential customs treatment, and "non-preferential origin" without such benefits. The latter, on the contrary, may be relevant in particular for the imposition of anti-dumping duties.

The decision on binding origin information (vUA decision) is binding on both the holder of the decision and the customs authorities of the European Union. However, it does not replace any supplier's declarations or proofs of preference and origin that you may need to provide to the relevant authorities.

Note: If you only require non-binding information on origin, you can contact your local main customs office. For general information on origin, for example on the rule of origin of a particular product, you can also contact the Central Enquiry Office of Customs.

  • as far as possible, samples or specimens of the goods
  • alternatively, descriptions, catalogues, photographs or other documents relating to the composition of the goods and their raw materials and illustrating the manufacturing or processing method used
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Entscheidung über verbindliche Ursprungsauskunft


You apply for binding origin information in connection with an import or export transaction that is actually intended.

Related Links

  • Artikel 22 und 33 Unionszollkodex (EU-Verordnung Nr. 952/2013)
  • Artikel 64 Unionszollkodex (EU-Verordnung Nr. 952/2013) in Verbindung mit der jeweils einschlägigen Präferenzregelung
  • Artikel 59ff. Unionszollkodex (EU-Verordnung Nr. 952/2013)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur verbindlichen Ursprungsauskunft auf der Internetseite des Zolles

You must apply for binding information on origin in writing:

  • It is advisable to use the form provided by Customs. Download the form "Application for a decision on binding origin information" from the customs website.
  • Complete the application in full and provide samples, specimens or other descriptions of the goods in question.
  • Send the application and any samples or specimens by post to the Hauptzollamt Hannover:
    • Exception: For decisions on the non-preferential origin of goods that are wholly obtained or manufactured or processed in the European Union, it is not the main customs office in Hanover that is responsible, but your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
    • In this case, send the application to your local Chamber of Industry and Commerce. If necessary, the main customs office will forward your application to the responsible office.
  • You will receive confirmation that your application has been received.
  • After your application has been checked for acceptability, you will also receive notification that your application has been accepted or not.
  • The competent body will carry out a technical examination of your application. If any information or documents are still missing, you will receive a notification.
  • You will receive the decision on the binding origin information (vUA decision).

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