Since the end of the transition period, UK companies need to submit export declarations when exporting goods from the UK to EU countries. If you are new to customs handling and want to export low-risk goods via ferry or train (RoRo), the following step-by-step guide will help you get started with a standard export declaration procedure.
To complete an export declaration, you will need the commodity codes of the goods you wish to export.
The types of goods being shipped will determine whether you need an export license or other documents and certificates. You should therefore examine your goods carefully. For instance, dual-use goods , controlled goods , plants, and animals all require licences.
Find out under which conditions you can apply zero VAT rate and whether you meet them. For example, you may need to retain evidence of these exports and adhere to certain time limits.
Once you have decided that your company will manage its export declarations by itself (self-filing), you need to register for NES.
If you move non-Union goods and wish to temporarily suspend customs clearance formalities at the point of entry into the customs territory, the external Union transit procedure (T1) of the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) may be relevant for you.
Export declarations to HMRC need to be submitted electronically. Your company therefore needs to have access to the government’s customs systems in order to engage with HMRC for exports. Currently, this is still “CHIEF ”. However, UK customs is planning to replace this system with “CDS” in the future.
AEB’s Export Filing: CHIEF software offers an easy-to-use interface enabling a quick start to file your own export declarations. You can easily enter the data required for your export declaration in a simple web screen. After completing data entry, multiple stages are triggered until goods reach their final destination. The easy mode of Export Filing: CHIEF will accompany and guide you every step of the way. If you decided to use NCTS transit procedures, this functionality is available in the more advanced version of Export Filing: CHIEF (as from "Basic" price plan).
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