Step-by-step guide to exporting

Exporting via other EU countries

Moving goods through the EU to non-EU countries is known as ‘indirect exports’. Many businesses prefer to export via specialist organisations, eliminating the need for travelling abroad, arranging transport for goods, dealing in foreign languages and coping with complex documentation.

It can be a good way for small firms to start exporting and provides a means of testing the viability of your products in new markets.

Examples of the common indirect methods approaches to exporting are:

  • via an export management service
  • through an export merchant
  • through 'buying houses'
  • through confirming agents

Indirect exports need special procedures and paperwork, which generally depend on the final destination of your goods:

Check if you need a strategic export licence for some controlled goods, eg military, defence or security related goods. This also covers dual use goods that can be used for both civil and military purposes, eg some software. You can apply for a strategic export licence using SPIRE.