Find out what you need to register for the National Export System (NES) to make an export declaration.
You must use the National Export System to make export declarations to customs.
You can use the system to send declarations through:
- Community Systems Providers
Before you start
You must have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.
You must also have a CHIEF badge role (if you’re using a freight forwarder you do not need to apply).
If you get Authorised Economic Operator Customs Simplifications status this may speed up the process of applying for the National Export System.
Registering for web declarations
To make your declaration through the web you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one the first time you register.
Registering for email declarations
You can make your declaration by sending an email with the relevant information. If you choose this method you’ll need:
- a CHIEF-compatible software package (EDIFACT)
- an SMTP (standard) email connection
Email cannot be used for common agricultural policy declarations.
Registering for XML declarations
- a CHIEF-compatible software package (EDIFACT), including an XML wrapper
- an HTTPS internet connection (this is a more secure connection than HTTP)
- a Government Gateway user ID and password – if you do not have a user ID, you can create one the first time you register
Community Systems Providers
Community Systems Providers run the major inventory-controlled ports around the UK. You can access the export system indirectly through a Community Systems Provider using your own software or software provided by an independent software company.
Freight forwarders buy annual badges to their systems and charge exporters a fee for entering goods for export on their behalf. Customs do not charge for use of their systems and any charges are set by the freight forwarders direct.