You must declare goods that you take with you to sell outside the EU - for example if they’re in your baggage or in a private vehicle.
The same rule applies to the following EU special territories:
- Åland Islands (Finland)
- the Canary Islands
- the Channel Islands
- Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion
- Mount Athos, also known as Agion Poros (Greece)
Making a customs declaration
Arrive at the airport or port at least 2 hours early to make your declaration. If you’re taking restricted goods, take the licence or certificate with you.
You must present your goods and a customs declaration form to the export officer at your place of departure.
To get a customs declaration form, you can either:
download a copy (PDF, 36KB)
- call 0300 200 3700 to get a copy sent to you by post
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has guidance on how to complete the customs declaration form.
If you move goods within the EU
If you move goods worth over £250,000 within the EU in the last calendar year, register for Intrastat . You don’t need to do this if you’re not registered for VAT in the UK.