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Shipping Goods

In the UK

When you transport goods by road, you must use a CMR note, which is a contract between you and the carrier.

You will need 3 copies of the CMR note:

  • For your records
  • To send to the carrier
  • To travel with the goods

If you’re shipping dangerous goods there are extra rules you need to follow.

Filling in the CMR note

You can buy blank CMR notes, get one from your carrier or download the note below.

Download a sample ‘CMR note’

The note must contain information about:

  • The sender, the carrier and the company or person who will receive the goods
  • The goods and how they’ve been packaged
  • The total weight of the cargo
  • Any costs, eg carrier fees that may get charged

Within the EU

You can use a freight forwarder to help you ship goods internationally.

Standard Shipping Note

You must use a ‘Standard Shipping Note’ (SSN) if you’re shipping goods overseas. It contains information about the goods and the companies involved in sending, shipping and receiving them. It’s used by carriers and customs officials.

If your goods are dangerous there are extra rules you need to follow.

You need to fill in a separate SSN for each shipment you make and send it to your shipping company or freight forwarder.

Download ‘Standard Shipping Note’ (PDF, 24KB)

Export Cargo Shipping Instruction

An Export Cargo Shipping Instruction (ECSI) gives your carrier detailed instructions about how to handle your goods. You don’t have to use one but it will help to settle any disputes with your carrier eg about cargo handling, documentation or export charges. Ask your carrier or freight forwarder for a blank form. When you fill it in, include:

  • A description of the goods
  • The route
  • Any special transport requirements
  • Customs information
  • Who should receive the transport documents

Customs and taxes

There are rules about customs, duties and VAT on exports within the EU.

Licences

You need an export licence for military or certain dual-use goods.

The licence must be clearly quoted on all associated shipping documentation.

Outside the EU

You can use a freight forwarder to help you ship goods internationally.

Licences and taxes

You need to submit an export declaration and may have to pay VAT, import taxes and duty.

If your goods are dangerous there are extra rules you need to follow.

Military and dual-use goods

You need an export licence if you’re exporting military or certain dual-use goods. The licence must be clearly quoted on all associated shipping documentation.

ATA carnets for temporary imports and exports

The ATA carnet allows you to ship goods to or from a non-EU country without paying tax or Customs duty. You can use one to:

  • Ship items to a trade fair
  • Send commercial samples
  • Ship plant or equipment that you’ll be using on a construction job

You must ‘re-export’ the goods back to the EU by the date written in your carnet, or you’ll have to pay duty and tax.

Before you apply

Check that the country you want to ship to or from uses the ATA carnet service and then read the ATA guidance notes to see if you can apply for one.

Apply online

Apply for an ATA carnet – you need to register the first time you use the service.

For help with your application, call the London Chamber of Commerce.
London Chamber of Commerce helpline
020 7248 4444
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

TIR carnet

The TIR carnet allows vehicles to cross international borders outside the EU without customs checks. You can get a TIR carnet through the Freight Transport Association or the Road Haulage Association.

At Bizorb we aim to provide the most accurate and up to date information to you. This article contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0. If you spot any errors in this article please let us know.

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