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Guide for import/export to and from the UK after Brexit

Brexit has been postponed to the 31st of October 2019, therefore until then for deliveries to the UK it will be very much business as usual exactly as it is today.

After the 31st of October 2019 all shipments between the UK and any other EU countries will need customs clearance and the customs invoice to accompaign your shipment.

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. 

If you do not have EORI number, you can request it from AEAT website or GOV.uk website

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. Thanks to this code it is possible to know the amount to be paid if you have preferential rights or if you need to have an import or export license. 

Declaring a wrong tariff code may cause delays, returns or higher charges in Customs. You can check it in Cámara de Comercio or AEAT website in Spain and GOV.uk website in the UK 

3. Determine the value of your goods

You must indicate the correct value of the merchandise 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.

 

 

 

 

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