Guidance

Declare commercial goods you’re taking out of Great Britain in your accompanied baggage or small vehicles

Find out how to declare goods you’re taking out of Great Britain to sell or use for your business that are under the total value of £1,500 and meet certain other conditions.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

You must declare all commercial goods. There is no duty free allowance for goods you’re taking out to sell or use in your business.

You can use the Merchandise in Baggage Online Declaration Service to declare commercial goods you intend to take out of Great Britain (in your luggage or small vehicle).

Before you start

Use this service to declare goods:

  • that have a total value of £1,500 or less
  • that weigh a total of 1,000 kilograms or less
  • not subject to excise duty (alcohol, tobacco, fuel)
  • in your accompanied baggage or in a goods vehicle including a van
  • that are not controlled goods or restricted goods

If you cannot use this service, you need to make a full export declaration.

What you’ll need

You must get an EORI number at least 48 hours before travelling if your business does not have one already.

To make a declaration you’ll also need:

  • the name of the person carrying the goods
  • your customs agent’s name and address (if you’re using one)
  • a description of your goods, including the total value and weight
  • vehicle registration number if travelling by vehicle

If you’re a customs agent you should ask your client to get an EORI number before you declare on their behalf.

Make a declaration

You can only use this service to declare in the 5 days before you leave Great Britain.

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After you’ve declared your goods

Go through the green channel (nothing to declare) when you travel. Take your declaration and invoices or receipts with you.

Published 31 December 2020
Last updated 9 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Information added to confirm that if you’re a customs agent you should ask your client to get an EORI number before you declare on their behalf.

  2. Updated the vehicle information in the 'before you start' section.

  3. First published.