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  • RE: Inconterm DDP

    Translation of Question:

    Hello, I have a question relating to exports to the UK in [incoterm DDP]. Today I had a telephone interview with customs who strongly advised against this [incoterm]. Nevertheless, I don’t think I can negotiate with my client and therefore I am preparing for this outcome. Today, I would like to know, for DDP VAT EXCLUDED exports, if it is essential [for me / my company] to have a GB EORI if our client already has one? Grateful for your response.

    Answer to Question:

    Thank you for your post.
    DDP means you are in charge of both the export and the import. In this scenario, and under the DDP rules, the EU exporter would assume the risks (and costs) for delivering the goods to the UK place of destination i.e. until the goods are unloaded. You must pay both export and import formalities, any fees, duties and taxes. So, if the EU business has to interact with any UK systems, you will need a GB EORI number to do that, which you can apply for now.
  • RE: Responsible Person - toiletries and cleaning products

    Thank you for your post.

    "Toiletries" are cosmetics. The guidance here on cosmetics defines cosmetics as including products that clean, perfume and keep in good condition the human body.
    Appendix 4 lists examples of cosmetics including: Bath & shower preparations (salts, foams, oils, gels etc); Creams, emulsions, lotions, gels & oils for the skin.

    You can find guidance on cleaning products here. 
    Alternatively you can contact this email address for further information: pesticides&detergents@defra.gsi.gov.uk
  • RE: Organic notification

    Thank you for your post.

    The UK will be waiving the requirement for organic goods imported from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland and will not require a certificate of inspection until 1 July 2021. This will provide additional time for GB ports to adjust to the new GB organic importing process from 1 January 2021. However, the EU is requiring all GB exports to the EU have a certificate of inspection. Guidance on trading and labelling organic food from 1 January 2021 can be fiund here


    Any response to a question is intended to provide only general information about the topic raised and is based on the relevant legislation and wider framework as applicable at the date the response was published. The responses provided on this forum do not amount to legal advice and those asking questions should consult their own lawyers for legal advice as appropriate.
  • RE: Value calculation

    Thank you for your post.

    Customs valuation is based on WTO rules and therefore will not change from 1st January 2021. These rules are reflected in our public notice 252 – valuation of imported goods. Transport costs are covered in section 17.

    There is no standard calculation method for calculation of the transport costs described. The above notice sets out current rules based on transport costs up to the EU border but the principles remain the same.
    For goods transported by rail or road the freight charge is to be apportioned using reasonable means for example by distance covered outside and inside the EU.

    Any response to a question is intended to provide only general information about the topic raised and is based on the relevant legislation and wider framework as applicable at the date the response was published. The responses provided on this forum do not amount to legal advice and those asking questions should consult their own lawyers for legal advice as appropriate.
  • RE: Short term workers coming from UK to EU

    Thank you for your post.

    The GOV.UK guidance here, outlines specific Country Guides for providing a service and travelling for business in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021. 

    Within this guidance there is a list of specific country guides which should provide you with further information on providing a service and travelling for business from 1 January 2021.

    You can also find further guidance on selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein from 1 January 2021 here
  • RE: Meat exporting - labelling with EU Importer information

    Thank you for your post.

    Food that is intended for further processing, and therefore not intended for supply to the final consumer or to caterers is outside the scope of the Food Information to Consumer Regulations. Consequently, aside from the usual requirements for importing products of animal origin there are no additional requirements to indicate the name and address of the food business operator.

    If the contents of your boxes were not for further processing but instead intended for sale to the final consumer, information as required by Article 8.7 of the 1169/2011 Regulations, namely the name of the food, the name and address of the business responsible, the durability date and the conditions of storage, would be necessary on the external packaging as well as all mandatory information at least on commercial documents.  

    You can read more on food and drink labelling changes at GOV.UK


    Any response to a question is intended to provide only general information about the topic raised and is based on the relevant legislation and wider framework as applicable at the date the response was published. The responses provided on this forum do not amount to legal advice and those asking questions should consult their own lawyers for legal advice as appropriate.
  • Phytosanitary Certificate Requirement

    We import product from Nicaragua, Brazil and Argentina and store in warehouses in the UK, Spain and The Netherlands. The original import is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate from the origin country. If we sell product stored in the The Netherlands to a customer in the UK can we use the origin phytosanitary certificate when importing/exporting or will a new certificate need to be issued?
  • RE: Commodity Codes

    Thank you for your post.

    The email address is classification.enquiries@hmrc.gov.uk

    For guidance on asking HMRC for help classifying your goods, please see here.
  • Organic notification

    We have been advised that all organic shipments arriving in to the UK after the 1st Jan will require a specific organic certificate for each arrival - this must be notified to Port Health 6 hours prior to the truck arriving in to the UK and the original certificate must be lodged with Port Health within 5 working days. Having spoken to European organic growers it appears that they are not aware of this situation and do not have to supply a certificate for shipments going to Switzerland or Norway but just provide a copy of their organic approval that covers all shipments.
  • Animal-derived enzymes

    Will animal-derived enzymes (e.g. porcine pancreatic lipase) need to be imported/exported through UK BCP's?