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Brexit – Sending and Receiving Goods

The deal reached after a very long period of Brexit negotiations has come during a stressful time for the country. We know that it has been a struggle to get clear guidance so we have collected resources and information below on how Brexit will affect your business.

For exporting goods from the UK, you will need to follow this process, for more information click here

  1. Check the rules for exporting your goods
  2. Apply for any licences you need to export your goods
  3. Get your business ready to export. You will need an EORI number
  4. Check whoever’s receiving the goods can import them – The business receiving the goods to may need to make an import declaration in their country as well as certain licences or certificates
  5. Decide who will make export declarations and transport the goods, whether you are hiring someone or doing it yourself
  6. Classify your goods through finding the right commodity code
  7. Prepare the invoice and other documentation for your goods
  8. Get your goods through customs. If you’ve appointed someone to deal with UK customs for you, they’ll make the declaration. If not, click here
  9. Keep invoices and records

For importing goods to the UK, you will need to follow this process – for more information click here

  1. Get your business ready to import. You will an EORI number (starting with GB) to import goods into England, Wales or Scotland.
  2. Check the business sending you the goods can export to the UK. They may need to make an export declaration in their country licences/certificates
  3. Decide who will make customs declarations and transport the goods
  4. Find out the commodity code for your goods
  5. Work out the value of your goods
  6. Find out if you can delay or reduce your duty payment – If the UK has a trade agreement with the country you’re importing from, you may be able to pay less duty or no duty on the goods under the ‘preferential rate’
  7. Check if you need a licence or certificate for your goods
  8. Check the labelling, marking and marketing rules
  9. Get your goods through customs – If you have hired someone to deal with UK customs, they’ll make the declaration. If you’ve done it yourself, click here
  10. Claim a VAT refund (if you’re VAT registered)
  11. If you paid the wrong amount of duty or rejected the goods, click here
  12. Keep all invoices and records

For moving goods to or from Northern Ireland, click here

For Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, click here

The government has also a Brexit checker to see what you may need to do


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