The UK Government recently published Import and Export guidelines to help businesses prepare for January 2021.
From 2021 you will need to make a customs declaration, when exporting goods from the UK to the EU.
1. The HS Tariff Code for product identification
2. Details of your product including the value
An EORI number, which will start with the letters GB.
Separate EORI numbers will be required for any import or export declarations made within EU countries.
For more information regarding what you need to do to get ready for January 2021 you can visit the Government information pages here
HS stands for Harmonized System, which was developed by the WCO (World Customs Organisation), as a multipurpose international product naming system. It describes the type of goods that are being shipped.
If you want to ship your products internationally, you will need to enter these codes.
These codes provide customs with information, so that correct tariffs, can be applied to the order.
You may already be familiar with these codes, if you currently ship goods to the rest of the world.
A HS code consists of the following information: –
Today, HS codes are used extensively in electronic messages like the EDIFACT. Its nearly universal usage allows authorities, such as Port and Customs departments, to identify products.
HS codes form the basis for tariff codes all over the world. For instance, the UK takes their commodity codes from the first 6 digits from the corresponding HS code.
For example, you own a company that sells woollen jumpers.
It will look like the extract below. In this instance we chose a woollen jumper which contains at least 50% by weight of wool and weighing 600g or more per article. The calculator then provided the HS Code based upon this information. It is important that you read the chaper and footnotes to ensure that you have the correct HS code for your product.
So, it’s time to start getting prepared. For more information about getting ready for January 2021, why not visit
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