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This week we will look at a standard export from France and subsequent import to the UK. The French authorities have produced a very helpful guide, check it out HERE.


  1. FR exporter zero rates VAT as the goods are leaving the EU customs territory
  2. FR exporter creates a commercial invoice and packing list
  3. FR exporter organises export health certification (EHC, Phyto, catch certificate as required) if goods are subject to UK SPS controls (not required until April 2021)
  4. FR exporter arranges EAD export declaration which generates an MRN (movement reference number)
  5. EAD auto generates an EXS exit safety and security declaration
  6. TAD (transit) should not be required unless intending to clear inland in GB (ETSF or bond for example)
  7. MRN to be lodged in the FR Logistics Envelope system which is currently not available but will be on the day.   We understand some ferry/tunnel operators may create an interface through their existing booking systems.
  8. GB import entry required : either EORI number only for CFSP EIDR standard goods or frontier declaration for all others
  9. GB import information loaded to GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service).  Best option is CFSP EIDR as only needs EORI in GVMS (in most cases)
  10. ENS entry safety & security declaration required in GB (not until July 2021).  ENS generates MRN which also needs to be loaded to GVMS
  11. GVMS generates GMR (Goods Movement Reference)
  12. GMR is given to driver (he/she will need this to board the ferry/shuttle destined for GB)
  13. GB importer creates IPAFFS pre-notification (if SPS goods) – not required until April 2021
  14. GB importer (or agent) books the GB BCP at port of arrival. BCP is the Border Control Post for arrival of SPS goods. Not required until July 2021
  15. Goods are delivered and importer records updated
  16. GB importer arranges final import entry (have up to 6 months for initial entry if using CFSP EIDR deferred entry scheme)
  17. GB importer accounts for import VAT on quarterly VAT return (note, this may be an estimate if import entry not yet done!)
  18. GB importer (or agent on their behalf) pays GB duty using DDA (duty deferment account)
  19. ALL of the above applicable from 1stJanuary 2021 unless shown otherwise

You will see that some of the above are shown in BOLD.  The reason (and we will keep this theme each week) is that these are the processes we can take care of on your behalf.

Each of these guides assumes incoterms other than ex works or DDP.

It should be noted : wherever we mention BCP (Border Control Post) the rule is that the BCP should be advised 24 hours prior to arrival.   If this does not change then the BCP booking process needs to be earlier in the chain.

Coming next week: ROUTE 6 : FR to NI

Former parts of the series:

Route 1: Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland

Route 2 : shipping from GB directly to FR

Route 3: shipping from Britain to Italy

Route 4: shipping directly from Ireland to Great Britain

Route 5: shipping from Ireland to Great Britain via Northern Ireland.

Fotó: Pixabay


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