Customs declarations for goods taken out of the EU

How to make export declarations if you trade with non-EU countries, or if you trade with EU countries after a no-deal Brexit.

In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to follow these rules if you export goods to anywhere outside the UK.

If your business is exporting goods out of the EU you’ll need to submit a customs declaration.

Completing a customs declaration is complicated and you may need software. So you may want to get someone to deal with customs for you.

How to submit

Most declarations are submitted electronically using the National Export System. If you’re going to do this yourself, rather than appoint an agent, you’ll need to register for the National Export System.

You might also need to buy third party software that can submit declarations.

There are different rules for:

In a no-deal Brexit, businesses carrying merchandise in baggage or small vehicles with a value less than £900 will follow different rules.

When to submit

For most goods you’ll make a full declaration which must be made before the goods arrive at the port of export.

If you do not your goods could get stopped at the border.

But it’s a different process if you’re:

Boxes you need to complete

For all declarations it’s important to have the right:

Find out the boxes you need to complete on your declaration.

Published 14 January 2019