Most declarations should be submitted electronically using the National Export System.
In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to follow these rules if you export to anywhere outside the UK.
If your business is exporting goods out of the EU you’ll need to submit a customs declaration.
You’ll also need to submit a declaration if you’re exporting goods to:
- international organisations
- special EU territories
Completing a customs declaration is complicated and you’ll need software. So you may want to appoint someone to deal with customs on your behalf.
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:
- apply for access to the National Export System
- 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 will follow different rules.
When to submit
For most goods you will complete a full declaration, unless you’re:
- carrying merchandise in your own baggage
- using simplified procedures
- entry in your own records (sometimes referred to as entry in declarant’s record)
Your declaration must be made before the goods leave the UK. If you do not your goods could get stopped at the border.
Boxes you need to complete
There are different boxes to complete depending on the type of declaration you’re submitting.