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A Quick Guide to Importing and Exporting Organic Food in the UK

Understanding Imported Organic Products Imported organic products must meet either of the following criteria: Unprocessed agricultural or aquaculture products produced in the European Union Processed agricultural products for use as food or feed that have been processed in the EU with ingredients grown in the Union Processed agricultural products for use as food or feed [...]

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A Quick Guide to Importing a human medicine to the UK

Introduction You'll need to apply for one or more licences if you want to import a licenced medicine: Wholesale Licence (also known as a wholesale dealer licence or wholesaler distribution authorisation) Manufacturer Licence  Marketing Authorisation licence  Wholesale and manufacturing licences are issued by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA aims to [...]

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A quick guide to importing food and drink from the EU to Great Britain

Introduction This is a quick guide to importing food and drink from the EU to Great Britain The term "food and drink" refers to Products of Animal Origin (POAO) intended for human consumption. Meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, and gelatine are a few examples. Phased Import Controls for POAO.The United Kingdom is phasing in controls [...]

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Customs Additional Procedure Codes for Duty Relief (C-Series Codes)

Introduction This is a quick guide on Customs Additional Procedure Codes for claiming a duty Relief. The customs procedure codes identify the customs excise regimes from which goods are being entered and removed. The CPC is completed at export as well as import. The CPC is based on a two-digit community code that identifies a [...]

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A quick guide to Importing plants and plant products from the E.U. to Great Britain

Introduction The term 'plant' refers to a living plant or a living portion of a plant at any stage of development. This category encompasses trees and shrubs. 'Plant product' refers to raw or minimally processed plant products. This category contains wood and bamboo. This guide describes what you should do if your consignments are subject [...]

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importing live animals and germinal products from the EU to Great Britain

A quick guide to importing live animals and germinal products from the EU to Great Britain

Introduction This guidance applies to businesses in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) importing or moving the following germinal products and live animals from the EU: germinal products (semen, ova and embryos) reptiles (lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles) amphibians (except salamanders) invertebrates (except bees, molluscs and crustaceans) livestock - such as cows, sheep, goats, and [...]

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A step by step guide to import goods into the UK

A step by step guide to import goods into the UK

Introduction This is a quick guide on bringing goods into the UK from any country, including how much tax and duty you'll need to pay and whether you need to get a licence or certificate. Step 1 is to get your business ready to import. You need an EORI number that starts with GB to [...]

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Customs Declaration Systems (CDS) - Customs Declaration Technical Questions and Answers

Customs Declaration Systems (CDS) – Customs Declaration Technical Questions and Answers

Introduction This post aggregates some of the most frequently asked technical questions related to filing declarations on Customs Declarations Services (CDS). Is it true that Deferment data 2/3 (C505, C506, 1207) is required at item level and header level? I would like this confirmed as a lot of data is repeated for the same entry [...]

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