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These key documents are designed to help gain a better understanding of various international topics. This section is a great place to find information covering everything from business development to legislative requirements.


Customs Compliance

EORI - issuance of EORI number

HM Revenue & Customs
EORI Team, 13th Floor South
Government Buildings,Ty Glas
Llanishen, Cardiff
CF14 5FP

Tel: Via the HMRC Advise Service +44(0)845 010 9000

Customs Public Notices

A wide range of publications are available, with a sample shown in the table below. For a full list of notices please see the HMRC website on and follow the import/export link.

6: Merchandise in Baggage
60: The Intrastat General Guide
104: ATA Carnets
117: Authorised Economic Operators
143: A Guide for International Post Users
144: Trade Imports by Post Customs Documentation
199: Imported Goods Customs Procedures
199A: Temporary Storage & Approved Depositories
221: Inward Processing Relief
232: Customs Warehousing
235: Outward Processing Relief
266: Rejected Imports
275: Export Procedures
600: Classifying your Imports or Exports
702: VAT on Imports
703: VAT: Exports of Goods from the UK
725: The Single Market – VAT and Intra EC Trade
812: European community preferences – trade with Turkey
826: Tariff Preferences: Imports
827: European Community Preferences: Export Procedures
828: Tariff Preferences: Rules of Origin

Useful websites:

GOV.UK: International Trade section- information on importing and exporting, export control (SPIRE), UK trade tariff

Export Control Organisation: Information on controlled and dual use goods

Other Sources

UKTI: Market access assistance.
Telephone hotline: 0345 136 0169

DEFRA: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Export/import licences, health certificates, phytosanitary certificates

UK Trade Info
International trade statistical information

Market Access Database
Information on tariff rates and import formalities in a wide range of countries

British International Freight Association – information on registered freight forwarders

British Chambers of Commerce – business membership organisation – information on UK Chambers overseas working with UK Government to increase UK exporters' market share.

Trade Tariff (Finding/checking Commodity Codes)
Starting to Export (Basic guide to export formalities)
Starting to Import (Basic guide to import formalities)

Pre- shipment Inspection agencies

Bureau Veritas