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Online check how to import or export goods

4 April 2024

HMRC has a useful online tool to help UK business owners check how to import or export goods. This online tool can be used by businesses, the self-employed and agents acting on behalf of a business.

HMRC has a useful online tool to help UK business owners check how to import or export goods. This online tool can be used by businesses, the self-employed and agents acting on behalf of a business.

Using the online tool you can obtain information on:

  • the commodity codes (reference numbers) you need to classify goods for import and export declarations;
  • paying the right VAT and duties for your goods;
  • which licences and certificates you will need for your goods; and
  • how to move goods into a specific country.

When you import or export goods to or from the UK, you need to be aware of many special procedures. After the Brexit transition period ended, the process for importing or exporting goods to or from the EU now effectively mirrors that for all other international destinations. If you’re moving goods in or out of Northern Ireland, you’ll follow different rules under the Windsor framework.

The online check can be a useful tool for smaller businesses and the self-employed to familiarise themselves with the necessary requirements and work accordingly. Businesses can make customs declarations themselves or hire a third party such as a courier, freight forwarder or customs agent to do the paperwork.

Source: HM Revenue & Customs Tue, 02 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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