When moving freight between countries it is important that you have the correct documentation for the products that you are trying to move. There are different types of documents that you need depending on the type of products your trying to move. Here we'll explain the types of documents and what they do, this will give you the information you need to make an informed decision on the types of documents your freight needs for transportation.
Customs documentation can be broken down into two categories Import and Export there is no third category. As a result the types of product you seeking to move between markets will dictate what type of documents you will need.
If your seeking to import freight into the United Kingdom then you will likely need a Import Declaration you may even qualify for a EUR1 Creation & Stamping, this allows you to claim preferential treatment in order to pay less custom duties with countries in which the UK has a Free Trade agreement. You will also need a Country of Origin Certificate this allows Port authorities were your product was produced, manufactured or precessed. And its country of origin. If your seeking to move animals or animal feed into the United Kingdom you will need IPAFF Notifications, this document is to ensure the relevant custom authorities are made aware of what is being brought into the UK, and to check to see if your freight poses a threat to the United Kingdoms Flora or Fauna.
For exporting from the United Kingdom to a market in the rest of the world the documentation largely remains the same as if you were importing. The only difference would be you would not require a EUR1 Creation & Stamping and you would also need a T1 document as these are to state that they were produced in the United Kingdom intended for consumption outside of the UK.
Ultimately the types of documents that you need depend on the Freight you are trying to bring in to the UK or move to another market. If you need help with understanding what you may need then don't hesitate to get in touch, with a member of our team who will be more than happy to help you with any queries you may have.