The United Kingdom will leave the European Union (EU) due to Brexit. At the moment, there is no official date for this change as the negotiation process is ongoing. Once the negotiations are finalised and the official date is published, all shipments between the United Kingdom and any other EU member state will be subject to customs procedures.
To process your shipment you will need to provide the Customs Invoice
Below we provide the key steps for shipping to the United Kingdom:
1. YOU NEED TO HAVE AN EORI NUMBER
An EORI is a registration and identification number of economic operators which is valid for the entire European Union.
If you don’t have an EORI number, you can request one through the Agencia Tributaria (The Spanish Tax Agency) website.
Companies based in the United Kingdom or those that wish to import/export goods to the European Union after Brexit will also need an EORI number issued by the British Government.
2. LOOK FOR THE TARIFF CODE OF YOUR ITEMS
Also known as ‘tariff heading’, it’s a code used by customs authorities to classify the goods.
Correctly classifying your products is essential to ensuring that the customs procedure is correct. Thanks to this code, it’s possible to know the amount that needs to be paid, if preferential rights can be applied or if it’s necessary to have an import/export licence.
Declaring the incorrect tariff heading may cause delays, returns and/or higher charges than usual.
3. DETERMINE THE VALUE OF YOUR ITEMS
You will need to indicate the value of the goods on the Customs Invoice (broken down by item). The correct value of the goods must be indicated to avoid any delays or restrictions at customs.
This value can never be zero (0)
If you’re sending personal items without a specific value, try to value them as accurately as possible - how much would you sell it for at a second-hand market?
If you’re sending items manufactured by yourself, try to estimate the value of the cost of the materials and production.
Writing a value that’s not in line with the description (for example, €1 for the latest generation of a Smartphone) can cause delays or block your shipment. In the event that the authorities detect irregularities, they will request further documentation.
4. CHECK WHETHER YOUR ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED
Before sending any shipment you must confirm that the contents you want to sent are not on the list of Prohibited and Restricted Items
As you know, there are countries that have certain restrictions or limitations for importing or exporting certain products, as is the case of the United Kingdom. You may check the products you cannot send to the United Kingdom here.
There are certain items that you can send but are restricted and subject to special taxes.
5. DETERMINE THE ORIGIN OF THE ITEMS
It’s important that you know the country of origin of the goods, as it will be necessary to indicate to this on the customs invoice. As a general rule you can find this information on the label, manual, pamphlet, packaging and/or invoice of a product.
For additional information regarding this, the British Government has published an extensive guide to prepare companies that ship to the United Kingdom.
If you want to learn more, you can view the following videos: