On the 1st of January 2021, the UK left the European Union and with this came new legislation surrounding the export of goods.
Whilst we understand there was some uncertainty felt across the board during the initial transition period, the export of goods has continued to thrive despite the changes, and we are still exporting a substantial number of lots each sale, both to the EU and further afield. We have built fantastic relationships with our overseas buyers over the years who are very important to our business and this was always something we wanted to continue.
Many of the ways in which we worked before have remained the same, with only a few minor changes that have been implemented to ensure the smooth movement of goods.
As previously, we will require proof that the goods have left the UK in order to enable us to reimburse the VAT. For EU countries, this needs to be in the form of a signed CMR and also an export declaration (customs document). For countries out of the EU, this can be in the form of an authenticated sea waybill; authenticated air waybill; certificate of shipment; or bill of lading.
We can provide you with the necessary commodity codes, weights, countries of origin, and values, which can all be added to your invoice upon request.
We can also help assist you with other documents you may need, such as a phytosanitary certificate, or a certificate of conformity, etc. If you are unsure if you will require these, please ask.
As the buyer/importer, you will need to apply for an EORI number and you will also need to appoint a European customs agent to deal with customs clearing once the goods arrive in the EU.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.