Electronic Customs Content Data

Electronic customs content data includes information on the sender, the recipient, the parcel’s contents (description, weight, value, etc) and a Trade Tariff (or HS) Code.

You will need to provide this data – in addition to a Customs Declaration (CN23 or Commercial Invoice) – to meet new customs requirements and ensure continued shipping of overseas parcels without restriction.

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020 and entered the ‘transition period’ until at least 31st December 2020. During this time the EU and UK will negotiate the new arrangements and there will be no practical changes to businesses or individuals sending or receiving parcels into Europe. However, it’s likely electronic customs content data will be a key customer requirement for exports into and out of the EU at the end of the transition period. So it’s important to stay informed.

Don’t worry – if you are already exporting items outside the EU, it is likely you are providing most of this data already when processing exports using your shipping solution. However, it is important that you check to ensure all relevant information is being provided.

Help prepare for these changes by using the guides and video on this page.

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