In 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU). The UK officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 whereupon a transition period started to allow the EU and UK to negotiate a trade deal.
A trade deal was agreed on 24 December 2020 which then allowed a future partnership to begin between the EU and UK as the transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020.
Before Brexit, goods and services were able to move between the EU and UK tax free, however, the UK is now classed as a third country and extra rules and regulations must be followed.
Fundamentally, whilst trade is tariff free, it is not tax (VAT) free.
For simplicity we have referred to the United Kingdom as UK, however, this is not entirely true. It should actually be Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) as Northern Ireland is now classed as a third country, just the same as France would be, which means that import and export documentation must be completed when shipping to and from Northern Ireland.
Therefore, goods exported to the EU (Northern Ireland are still subject to UK VAT) from GB are VAT free, however, VAT will be payable in the majority of cases when the goods arrive at their destination within the EU.
In order to facilitate the movement of goods between GB and the EU (and Northern Ireland), a commercial invoice is required.
A commercial invoice will be generated by Overland Express, based upon information provided by you during the booking process.
There are several key pieces of information that it would be prudent to have to hand prior to booking the parcel delivery to the EU (Northern Ireland, and to the rest of the world), these are:
Description of the goods being exported
According to HMRC, these details should include:
1. Product description
2. Materials it is made from
3. What it is used for
4. How it is presented or packaged
From what we have encountered being shipped to other countries, 'Dress Size 10, pure wool' would be acceptable.
The quantity of identical items in your consignment
In our example this would be '1'. However, if you were shipping 10 identical dresses, the quantity would be 10. It is recommended that wherever there is a variation, for instance, different sizes or more crucially, prices, each 'different' product would be entered on a separate line.
The cost of EACH item, not the cost of ALL identical items
If your consignment of dresses was worth £2000.00, assuming all of the dresses are identical, the price each would be £200.00.
Harmonised System (HS) Code
The HS Code system is used to identify a product type by means of a code to allow duty classification to be easily conducted.
The commodity (HS) code for this particular item is 6104199020.
The UK government have provided a look-up facility, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff.
We have provided a selection of common HS Codes on our online booking page. We strongly advise that you independently look up your own HS Codes to avoid mistakes. Overland Express accepts no responsibility or liability for incorrect HS Codes being used.
Country of Manufacture
The country where the product originated or was manufactured should also be selected.
VAT or EORI Number
If you or your business are VAT/EORI registered, you must provide your EORI number, in lieu of this your VAT number will be sufficient.
This page will be updated when more information becomes available.
Should you have any further questions, or require assistance with customs clearance, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Overland Express customer services team on +44 (0) 20 8977 2777 or Email us at email@example.com