Guide

Exporting goods outside the EU

Introduction

Aimed at traders, this guide will give you specific information relating to export procedures to countries outside the European Union (EU).

Read more about dispatching goods to countries within the EU.

HMRC defines an export as goods transported from the UK to a destination outside the EU. Countries outside the EU are known as 'third countries'. Traders who export goods to countries outside the EU must ensure they have the appropriate licences where they are required and make export declarations to customs through the National Export System. You must also make sure that VAT, import taxes and duties in the destination country are paid where necessary, and follow transport procedures, though this is normally the responsibility of the importing person or company. There are a number of export procedures, such as duty relief schemes which can benefit businesses.