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HMRC internal manual

Export Procedures

International trade developments: Export Control System (ECS)

ECS is the EU system for the control of indirect exports, such as export consignments that are declared for export at a location in one Member State but exit the EU via another Member State. Read more in Notice 275 Export procedures.

The role of the ‘Office of Exit’

The Office of Exit ensures that the goods have left the EU and advises the Office of Export. If the Office of Exit is in the UK, an ‘exit results’ message (IE518) is sent to the office of export.

The role of the ‘Office of Export’

The Office of Export ensures that all goods are recorded electronically, risk assessed and the appropriate information is sent to the Office of Exit. Where the Office of Export is in the UK, a ‘goods are on their way’ message (IE501) is sent to the Office of Exit.