As one of the most prosperous economies of the world and the hub of commerce globally, the United Kingdom remains quite active in the import export business. All types of goods and materials pass through the UK sea and airports and travel over the roads from one location to another. If your business wants to export goods from the UK or you operate in Europe or another part of the world and want to import goods for sale, you need to know the entire legal and logistical process from start to finish.
Export Goods From the UK
If you intend to permanently send goods from England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland to any EU country or elsewhere in the world, you must follow a precise export process. The UK Country Commercial Guide from the International Trade Administration can help with details. Here is a summary of things you must take into account:
1 – Make sure it is legal to send your goods and materials to the destination. Different countries have a wide variety of product types with varying documentation needs for all.
2 – Get licenses and certifications for products that require them. These include but are not limited to animal products, pharmaceuticals, diamonds, artwork, and chemicals.
3 – Hire a professional logistics company to manage export paperwork, invoicing, and the entire transportation process. They can also help with customs declaration and border clearance to make the export process easier for you.
Import Goods from Europe and the Rest of the World to the UK
The process of importing goods to the UK works in a very similar manner to the export process. You must ensure that it is legal to receive these specific types of goods and materials from the country of origin. Also, make sure they have all licenses and certifications that let them do so.
While it makes sense to hire a logistics and import-export management firm to handle this entire process so you can concentrate on setting up for sales, you should still understand the basics of the process as you are legally responsible for the outcome. Other important steps include:
- Find the commodity code for the type of your goods
- Determine the total value of the import shipment
- Check trade agreements to reduce or delay customs duty responsibilities
- Ensure proper labeling and marking for specific product types
- Process a VAT refund claim after customs clearance
Rules for importing from EU countries are generally simpler than those outside the area. However, all companies must fully comply with them to make the process as quick and efficient as possible. When you want to get products to your customers on time, the last thing you need is delays at customs or any point during transport and logistics timeline.
No matter what type of products or materials you want to export from the UK or import into it, you’ll likely need the help of a professional transportation and logistics firm that understands everything about the process. Contact Amekar Logistics with questions or request a quote so we can assist you in getting your goods where they need to go.