Most of you will have seen on the TV the chaos on the border with goods being held up at the customs following the end of the transmission period , mostly due to incomplete /incorrect / defective paperwork, below is some helpful advice which will ensure that you avoid unnecessary holdups
Specific origin wording should be shown on invoices
This is essential for your business because the origin statement (along with HS code information) determines the amount of duties and taxes you’ll have to pay for all your imports into the UK or exports to the EU.
Your invoice should clearly state:
- The origin of each product (please refer to the www.gov.uk website for detailed guidance on the rules of origin)
- A statement at the bottom of your invoice which reads:
The exporter of the products covered by this document (insert EORI No.) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of (insert as per statement ‘a’ below) preferential origin.
……………………………………………(Insert place and date)
………………………………………….. (Insert name of the exporter)
- Can be UK, EU or a specific EU country or a combination UK/EU or specific EU country or countries
- Where your invoice covers a mix of goods of UK, EU or other third country origins, the statement will apply only to the UK/EU origin goods.
- If your invoice contains no goods of UK or EU origin, the statement can be omitted.
It is the responsibility of your business to ensure invoices contain all necessary detail to ensure accurate and timely export and import declarations can be made and to avoid unnecessary duties and taxes to your business or your customers.
We are informed that most logistics company advise goods should be exported using only pallets certified to ISPM15 standards to avoid delays and repalletization costs. .
It is good practice to speak with your preferred logistics company before embarking on the transport.
The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute advice, Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability for a particular purpose. We recommend that professional advise should be taken from a suitably qualified expert before undertaking any action.