Guidance and advice

Our detailed export guides provide you with key information on international trade

Export guides

Starting to export

When you start exporting the procedures you will need to follow will depend on the type of product or service that you are selling as well as your customer's location. 

Do you need an export licence?

If your business is considering exporting goods, you will need to check if you need an export licence.

How to classify goods for export

All UK businesses must declare any exports to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to ensure that any import VAT, duty, excise or levies due on them are collected.

Sending your goods overseas

Choosing the most suitable mode of transport and getting the documentation right is essential to ensure your import or export operation is efficient and cost-effective.

Finance, Insurance and getting paid

Making sure that you can finance the contract, manage currency and get paid are key issues for all exporters.

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Export training

Interested in exporting but don't know where to start?  Check out the introductory and intermediate export courses on the Business Online Support Service (BOSS). 


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