The Firstpoint team has got you covered!

If you do, it is important to be aware that these exports will require more documentation and more checks than before. Our dedicated team of experts are here to help you prepare for these changes.

On 1 January 2021, the way goods are exported from the UK into the EU changed. To ensure your business operations continue to run smoothly and to prevent delays in exporting goods, make sure you prepare carefully before shipping your goods.

Are you Brexit ready?

At Firstpoint we have been preparing for Brexit for some time, our staff have been trained and our systems adapted, meaning you can rest assured that our experienced team are here to help you.

We have also created a step-by-step guide to preparing for Exporting your goods, with supporting links but remember to also visit our FAQ page.

Your exporter checklist

Have you got an EORI number (Economic Operators’ Registration Identification)? And does it begin with GB? All shipments MUST have this to trade from 1st January 2020.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

Go to HMRC and get yours free now.



Have you completed and sent a signed letter of appointment to a direct customs agent? This is required otherwise your goods will not get customs cleared.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

Here is a template to print & sign.



Do you know the Commodity Codes for the goods you’re Exporting? Every consignment will need this for customs entry as the codes identify whether your export is subject to any licensing, duty rates or VAT.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

You can find your Commodity codes here on the HMRC’s trade tariff tool.



Do you know where the goods you are exporting were originally manufactured? The origin of the goods may affect the payable duty and could mean extra documentation is required.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

You can find out more information regarding this from the British Chambers of Commerce.



Are the goods that you’re exporting subject to licensing? Goods such as Alcohol, food, plants, chemicals/waste, animals or military goods may require additional documentation.

▼ NO ▼

► YES?

You can find full details of the additional document requirements on the Government website.



What is the reason for your export? Are the goods going into free circulation, sold outright or immediately being moved on again? CPC codes (Customs Procedure Code) will be required to identify this.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

You can find out how to identify CPC codes here.



Has a Commercial invoice been completed? This is really important as it declares the value of goods to Customs thus evaluating VAT/duty on a shipment.

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

Please feel free to use our template here.



You may need to determine who pays for the various processes of the export (freight, clearance costs, VAT, duty and much more). This is determined by Incoterms - do you know the Incoterms of your export?

▼ YES ▼

► NO?

Find out more about the list of Inter-company terms here.



All exports will now be subject to customs declarations such as Export Accompanying Documents (EADs), once we have obtained all of the required data and documentation, we can ensure the export EAD is raised for the consignment.

You can find out more about EADs here and we can support you with raising the documentation.



Please check you have got all the correct documentation ready for exporting but remember, if you need help, we are here to provide support and can process your custom declarations on your behalf. So let us be your firstpoint of call!

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Jargon buster

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Contact us today to see how we can help you and your company.