On the 31st of January 2020, the United Kingdom exited the European Union.
All shipments between the UK and any other EU countries will need an accompanying customs clearance and customs invoice form.
Here you have 5 steps to send to the UK:
1. You need to have EORI number
EORI means "Economic Operators Registration and Identification number". EORI is a common type of identification number across the EU.
2. Find the commodity code
Also known as "Tariff Code" is a code used by Customs to classify the goods. It is very important to classify your products correctly for the correct management of customs. This code allows you to know the amount to be paid if you have preferential rights or if you need to have an import or export license.
3. Determine the value of your goods
You must indicate the correct value of the item in the Customs Invoice (broken down by articles) to avoid any delay or blocking in customs.
Please keep in mind that This value can never be zero (0)
In case you are sending personal belongings without a specific value, try to value them as precisely as possible. (How much would you sell it in the second-hand market?)
If you are sending items manufactured by you, try to estimate the value of the cost of materials and manufacturing.
If you indicate a value that does not fit the description (For example €1 for a new last generation Smartphone), your shipment could be blocked and delayed. If the Customs authorities detect irregularities during the clearance, they could request additional documentation.
4. Check if your goods are prohibited or restricted
Before hiring any shipment you must confirm that the content you want to send is not within the list of prohibited or restricted items
As you know, there are countries that have certain restrictions or limitations to import or export certain products, and it is the case of the United Kingdom, you can consult the products that you cannot send to the United Kingdom here.
There are certain items that can be sent, but they are restricted and subject to special taxes.
5. Determine the origin of your goods
You must know the country of origin of your goods because it will be necessary to indicate it on the Customs Invoice. As a general rule, you can find this information on the label of the product (manual, packaging or invoice,etc.)
For further information, the British government has published an extensive guide to preparing companies that ship to the United Kingdom.