Successful exporting comes down to getting the documentation right. Without documentation there is no contract, no transport and no payment.
European Union - Trading in the EU is very similar to trading in the UK. Products move freely across borders without custom checks. Invoices must show the buyer’s VAT registration number. If this isn’t shown, VAT must be charged at the prevailing UK rate.
Exporting outside the EU - VAT on all exports outside the EU are rated as zero with customs tariffs being charged at the point of entry to your chosen destination. Tariffs change from product to product and the paperwork submitted will need to reflect this. Depending on your product, an export license may be required. The documentation required will be different from country to country and can be a bit of a minefield. Fortunately, there are plenty of places you can go for help and advice.
Export for Growth - Local exporting expertise from Business West.
Gov.uk - detailed information on export documentation
HMRC – guidance on export
Department for International Trade – services available to all those looking to export
Chamber international – resources for businesses looking to export
Freight Forwarders – a search facility to find local freight forwarders
Gov.uk – list of UK embassies around the world and their contact details.
Growth hub providers – help with exporting