Apply for approved exporter status (C1454)

Use the online service or postal form C1454 if you're an exporter and want to use Simplified Procedures to export preference qualifying goods to preference-giving countries.


Apply online (sign in using Government Gateway)

Apply by post


Exporters in the UK who frequently export goods direct from other member states, but want to issue invoice declarations in the UK for them, should apply for a Single Community authorisation.

To complete the form you’ll need:

  • your Economic Operator Registration and Identification reference number - the number begins with 2 letters, followed by 12 to 15 numbers, for example GB123456789000
  • the commodity code for each of the goods you intend to export under preference
  • estimates of quantities and values of consignments to be exported each year

You’ll also need to send additional evidence to support your application.

You can either:

  • use the online service
  • fill in the form on-screen, print and post it to HMRC

To apply online you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID you can create one when you apply.

Email HMRC to ask for this form in Welsh (Cymraeg).

If you’re using the online service

You can submit any supporting evidence by either attaching it online, or sending it by post. If you submit this online, the documents should be no more than 5MB in PDF or JPEG format.

If you want to submit your supporting evidence by post, include the unique reference number you’ll get once you’ve submitted the C1454 online and send to the address shown below.

You can track your progress online using your unique reference number.

HMRC will acknowledge receipt of your application. If we need any further information we’ll contact you.

If you’re sending the print and post form

Send your supporting evidence with your form to the address shown below.

You will not be able to track the progress of a postal form.

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application (by email if provided). If we need any further information we’ll contact you.

Additional information

Send your supporting evidence to:

Authorisations and Returns team
Peter Bennett House
Redvers Close
LS16 6RQ

If your business has an HMRC Client Relationship Manager you should send your application to them.

Before you start using the postal form

If you’re using an older browser, for example Internet Explorer 8, you’ll need to update it or use a different browser. Find out more about browsers.

You’ll need to fill in the form fully before you can print it. You cannot save a partly completed form so we suggest you gather all your information together before you begin to fill it in.

You can find guidance on exporting goods under the EU’s preferential trading arrangements in Notice 827: European Union preferences - export procedures.

Published 5 September 2014
Last updated 12 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Amendment made to clarify that documents submitted online as supporting evidence should be no more than 5MB in size and be in PDF or JPEG format.
  2. An online forms service is now available.
  3. First published.