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International Documentation & Customs Compliance

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CPD Value: 12.5 points

Course Outline

International documentation is required by customs officials worldwide. Understanding the regulations and related compliance is essential to generating and retaining profits.

The objective of the 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.

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Course Content


  • 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 requirements
  • Pre- Inspection certificates
  • Export invoices
  • Packing list and requirements

Goods into Port/Airport

  • The importance of ECSI
  • Known Shipper Security (Airfreight)
  • Customs Entries

Proof of Export to satisfy HMRC

  • Overview of
  • 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

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