Submit a retrospective notification of arrival (C1603)

Use form C1603 to tell HMRC you have exported goods directly from the EU without HMRC clearance.


Notification of retrospective arrival (C1603)


This online form is filled in on screen. You must answer all the questions except those marked ‘optional’. Once you’ve completed the form you’ll be able to save a copy and send by fax or email.

This form cannot be used for indirect exports through another member state. Contact the Export Control System Helpdesk if you have any issues with indirect exports on:

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

Before you start

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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.

Import and export: presentation of goods for export (arrival) (C1601)
Use form C1601 for the arrival/presentation of goods at UK locations.

Import and export: notification of exit of goods (C1602 Departure)
Use form C1602 when notifying exit of goods at UK locations.

Published 9 September 2014