If you’re a UK-based business sending goods outside of the UK or EU, you must complete an export declaration to get your goods through customs.
From 1 January 2021
Businesses in Great Britain will need to follow these rules for all countries outside the UK.
If your business is exporting goods out of the UK or 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:
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.
However, there’s a different process if you’re using simplified declaration procedures.