Checklist for Business Senders

Useful Checklist

Here’s a recap of everything your business needs to consider when sending goods to EU customers from the UK.

Check VAT Rates

Find out the VAT rate of the destination country in the EU.

Apply for an IOSS (Import-One-Stop-Shop) Number

  • Register for the IOSS platform when shipping goods to EU customers worth less than £135/ €150.
  • Ensure your IOSS number is included in the shipping documentation.
  • Appoint an intermediary to handle tax compliance on your behalf in the EU.

Review Your Marketplace

Review your agreement with online marketplaces - make sure they will handle VAT for shipments worth less than £135/ €150. You can find eBay advice here, we will include advice from other marketplaces as they become available.

DDU or DDP

If you're not using IOSS, you need to decide whether DDU or DDP is better for your business - Remember DDP is quicker and easier for your customers.

Apply for an EORI Number

Ensure you have an EORI number starting with ‘GB’ and/ or ‘XI’ where appropriate.

Enter the Correct Details on the Commercial Invoice

Make sure your Commercial Invoice is completed correctly and your goods are described accurately.

Find the Correct Tariff Codes

When classifying your goods using the Harmonised System (HS/ Tariff / Commodity), select the most descriptive HS code possible.


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