EU customs and documentation, what is required?
1. Invoice with relevant data
2. Proof of Origin documents if applicable
3. Product-specific document if applicable
UK customs and documentation, what is required?
Each parcel do not require a physical customs declaration form if the customs process will be performed via IT systems.
Each parcel do not require a commercial invoice if clearance is performed automatically though we strongly advise you to attach it to the parcel to facilitate the customs process.
Import duties and taxes
UK charges tax and import duties that are applicable on the majority of imports. However the amount of duties and tax depend on the value of the goods shipped.
Please note! We do our best to keep this information up to date, but as the sender you are ultimately responsible for the contents of your shipment. Spring may not be held responsible for any damages to or confiscation of the shipment. Therefore, we ask that you refer to the website of your local postal company, customs department, or embassy of the country to which you are sending your shipment for the most recent information.
What is a proof of Origin?
A Proof of Origin is a document also called Certificate of Origin to prove the goods originate from a certain country. It is required to determine the amount of duty to be levied on importation which may become mandatory as per 1st of January into the EU, depending on the Trade Deal concluded between the UK and the EU. In case of Trade Agreements & FTA, preferential origin applies where a different certificate applies. We do recommend though that you already get acquainted with the process of accessing these certificates by either contacting your or a certification office.
What is a basic customs compliant commercial invoice?
Customs invoice should at least contain the following information:
- Origin of goods by HS codes
- Gross & Net weight of goods by HS code
- Values of the goods and currencies by HS code
- Value of any added services such as Transport or insurance
- EORI number & VAT registration number
The above information will determine if duty is payable if applicable. Please note that some may not be dutiable such as service for example. Additionally, if you are sending for example samples, the invoice should still include the wording “Nominal Value for Customs Purpose Only” and should therefore also contain a nominal value. Important to mention that if goods are shipped without commercial invoice this may affect processing of the goods at customs hence delays in your delivery to final consumer.
It is Important to mention that if goods are shipped without commercial invoice this may affect processing of the goods at customs hence delays in your delivery to final consumer.