UK Export Documentation: Know the Rules!

Documentation for a UK Export Declaration

Did you know that the requirements for UK export documentation are set in law? This article looks at the post-Brexit Customs legislation specifying the export documentation required for a UK Export Declaration.

UK Customs Regulation Legal Framework

Chapter 5 of the The Customs (Export) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 make provisions for the content of an export declaration. It specifies that the export declaration must be accompanied by documents (art 30 (1) (b)). The detailed description is found in a notice given by HMRC. This notice has the force of law.

Details of documentation required to support a UK Export Declaration

The documents that accompany the export declaration or be made available, at the time the export declaration is made, for inspection by an HMRC officer, in electronic or documentary form must include: 

  • Evidence showing the correct value of the goods 
  • Evidence showing the origin of the goods 
  • Evidence showing the classification of the goods 
  • All orders, invoices and delivery notes relating to the goods 
  • All export documentation relating to the goods 
  • The bills of lading, airway bills, consignment notes and certificates of shipment relating to the goods being declared 
  • Any required export licences, permits or certificates.

Source: Notices made under the Customs (Export) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

Why is this important?

  • Because Customs documentation and export requirements are one of the most common question from global traders.
  • Incorrect documentation can result in Customs queries and delays.
  • Customs requirements are not intuitive, they are grounded in rules.

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