Electronic Customs Content Data
The Brexit transition period ended at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.
At the end of the transition period, the rules which applied to non-EU imports were extended to EU items. Similarly, the EU now treats UK imports as it does non-EU imports today.
However, electronic customs content data is now a mandatory customer requirement for exports into and out of the EU.
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.
HS Code Update January 2022
On January 1st 2022, the World Customs Organisation (WCO), an independent intergovernmental body that serves as the voice of the customs community, implemented the 7th edition of its Harmonised System.
This means the data requirements will change in areas including HS codes and duty and VAT rates, as well as having implications for prohibited and restricted goods screening.
Please check our Service Updates Page for the latest service updates and advice when sending items.
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 from 1st January 2021.
It is the sender’s responsibility to ensure they are customs compliant. Failure to provide the right data may result in items being delayed, returned or further charges being applied.
Help prepare for these changes by using the guides and video on this page.