How to export from United Kingdom, step by step procedures

How to export from UK?


What are the export registration procedures, export customs process, export cargo movement methods in UK? How to export from UK?

This post explains about step by step procedures that need to be finished with UK government authority for importation to UK.


The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a United Kingdom government division in charge of striking and expanding trade agreements between the United Kingdom and non EU states. EU operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.

All importers and exporters need to register for an EORI number. Since UK falls under EU countries, a common trade policy is adopted to import most of the products. A separate rules and regulations are applied to specific products when importing and exporting in the European Union called Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC code).  


Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HM Revenue and Customs or HMRC) is the customs regulatory authority in UK. The Single Administrative Document (SAD) has been intended to cover all developments of merchandise, i.e. exportation, travel and importation. The buyer has to send a declaration to HMRC when you import goods into the UK from outside the EU. This is usually done using the Single Administrative Document (SAD), also known as form C88.

SADs can be submitted either electronically utilising the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) framework, or manually.


Generally in all countries there are three stages of process for export.    One time registration procedure to obtain export licence, documentation needed for exportation and Export customs clearance formalities.   Detailed information on these three stages of exports has been mentioned separately in this website.  You may click below those information links to know more about step by step procedures on how to export:


Export Registration and Licence procedures

Export Customs procedures

Export documents required


This post explains about different phases in export process that every exporter needs to go through for completing export from UK.



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