What needs to be included in your import documentation?
With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, there is no way to know the exact requirements for importing into the UK from the EU at this stage. However, the best way to prepare for every eventuality is to ensure your import documentation contains as much information about your import as possible.
We suggest that with your future import documentation the below information should be included to avoid any potential delays after 29th March.
1.) The value of the goods for each commodity code.
2.) The weight of the goods for each commodity code.
3.) Commodity code. If you are unsure of your commodity code you can follow this link to determine the correct commodity code. ( https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff )
4.) CPC code (customs procedure codes). This code determines the type of import. If you are unsure which code you should use you can check with your freight forwarder. The most commonly used code for a permanent import is – 4000000
5.) Check the INCO terms your shipment is being imported under and include the INCO term on your paperwork.
6.) For EU imports you can include the office of exit from the EU that your goods have left from.
Although some of this information may not be essential depending on how we end up leaving the EU. It is a good idea to include the information regardless as this ensures that customs have all information they could require and alongside our AEO accreditation will help to reduce any delays or checks made on entry into the UK.
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