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Export Procedures

Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) export declarations: bulk Unique Consignment Reference

An export declaration typically covers a single consignment from one exporter. NES has a facility whereby an approved agent/representative can submit one declaration for consignments from up to 99 exporters. This is called the bulk entry facility.

Apart from the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Fast Parcel Operators (FPOs), bulking covers goods to one consignee only.

Depending on the circumstances, and the terms of the approval, a list of EORI Economic Operator Reference and Information Number/TURN of all the exporters must also be supplied, including a reference number (bulk UCR) for each EORI/TURN. Although this bulk UCR is not supported as a reference by CHIEF and so does not need to be unique, declarations must be able to use this bulk UCR to trace consignments back through their records.