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International Documentation and Customs Compliance 

When importing or exporting the right paperwork is crucial. Missing or inaccurate documents can increase risks, lead to delays and extra costs, or even prevent a deal from being completed. Understanding the regulations and related compliance is essential to generating and retaining profits. 
The objective of this course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, the reasoning behind the requirements, their content, free trade agreements and addressing how it should be prepared along with when and where it should be presented. 
There are particular regulations around certain documents and the course will examine ways to prepare the relevant paperwork and provide the in-depth knowledge required to operate an effective and compliant export documentation process. 

Who should attend 

  • People who may be new to exporting 
  • Experienced business people who may need to keep up with industry updates 

Benefits of attending 

  • Detailed discussions on the implications of incorrect documentation 
  • Discuss how to avoid customs delays or fines 
  • The course is CPD Certified to 12.5 points 

Course content 

  • Documentation: 
    • the role of the export administrator 
    • content requirements for documents 
    • tariff codes 
    • proving origin 
    • EC certificate of origin 
    • ABCC Certificate of origin 
    • preference documentation 
    • export licensing requirement 
    • pre-inspection certificates 
    • export invoices 
    • packing list and requirements
  • Goods into port/airport: 
    • the importance of ECSI 
    • Known Shipper Security (air freight) 
    • SSN AND DGN 
    • customs entries 
  • Proof of Export to satisfy HMRC. Overview of the following: 
    • Bills of Lading 
    •  Airway bills 
    • Certificates of Shipment 
    • CMR Notes 
    • fulfilling HMRC requirements 
    • administration and record keeping 
  • Payment methods and payment documentation: 
    • ensuring payment 
    • cargo insurance 
  •  Payment methods: 
    •  documentary collections 
    • an introduction to Letters of Credit 
    • customs compliance 
    • invoicing and VAT 
    • intrastats 
    • CHIEF 
    • freight forwarders and their role 
    • working with CHIEF/NES 
    • CPC codes 
    • statistical values 
    • policing export control 
    • AEO status 
    • processing shipments 
    • complying with IPR and customs relief 
    • customs audits 

Course duration 

1 day. 


  • Institute of Export and International Trade members receive a £100 discount 
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