Hi – David here once more.
Export documents raised? What happens next…
Whether you use a clearance agent or forwarder to raise export documents for you or if you get brave and try to raise your own, once the documents are raised further steps are required.
The goods must be ‘presented’ to customs by notifying HMR&C that they have arrived at the place where customs controls are completed. This is done electronically via customs software and rather confusingly is referred to as ‘arriving the goods for export’. Somebody was out to lunch when they coined that one.
The ‘arrival’ message will cause the customs software to issue a ‘route’. This means either some form of customs intervention checking documents and/or goods or issuing a ‘P2P’ – permission to progress. Put in sensible language this just means OK the goods can load and leave the UK. Why they cannot just say that is beyond me.
Once the goods have gone, they must be ‘departed’. At last, terminology that makes sense. Must be a
Any goods with P2P that fail to leave must be notified to HMR&C.
Note: in a no deal Brexit, S8 messages will not be issued for high risk or licensable goods. It is currently unclear at 21st