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Our Quick Guide to All the New Brexit Export Documentation

Posted by Liam Harrison on 01-Apr-2021 16:13:42

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Brexit has meant a few changes to the customs paperwork needed to send or receive goods between the UK and Scandinavian countries. Thanks to the 2020 Trade Agreement, most customs regulations will fundamentally remain the same. However, you'll now need to provide more information to customs officials than you might have once expected. Here's what to supply:

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What Documents Will I Need To Export Goods To EU Countries From The UK?

You'll need to supply three unique, dated documents with every journey. Two of these you'll create yourself, while the third always needs to be supplied by a third-party. There are templates available you can use if you're unsure of where to start. For certain shipments, you may be able to skip the third piece of paperwork. Make sure to keep backup copies of your export paperwork.

1) Commercial Invoice

The commercial invoice details the transaction (company-to-company) made, its monetary value, who's responsible for it, and the final destination of the export. The commercial invoice will tell customs authorities the amount of tax and duty due on your export shipment. It also tracks and accounts for trade activity, preventing tax evasion and increasing exporter and buyer accountability.

2) Shipping Manifest

The shipping manifest accompanies and clarifies the commercial invoice. It's a rundown of all goods in the transfer. Exports are listed on the manifest as they are in the container (e.g. 20 x British Apple Crates). Manifest listing helps customs officials, exporters, and buyers alike. By cross-referencing manifests against random checks, smuggling, theft, and accidental losses reduce.

3) European Certificate(s) of Conformity

If you're shipping high-value, sensitive, or brand-name goods, you'll need to apply for a European Certificate of Conformity (CoC). You may not be able to legally sell your goods once exported without a genuine CoC in place.

A European Certificate of Conformity confirms that the manufacturer (or an accredited third-party) has inspected the goods and has found them to meet EU standards for quality control and user safety. You'll need CoCs for every export shipment you send. You can obtain your certificates for a small assessment and admin fee from the manufacturer or an accredited certification tester.

UK To Scandinavia Logistics From NTEX

As experienced international logistics brokers, NTEX can help you fill out any customs documentation you need, when shipping to customers in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, or Norway. Contact us today to request a quote.

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