Export goods must be cleared by Customs by lodging either an export entry clearance or Electronic Cargo Information (ECI). Both these clearances can be submitted electronically using the Customs online declarations website or by installing special software known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
The clearance can be done either by yourself or, on your behalf, by a Customs broker, agent or freight forwarder.
The clearances require you as the exporter to provide us with detailed information about your goods and their destination. From this information we can confirm your clearance fees and any security procedures that may need to be undertaken.
If it is your first time exporting, you will need to have set up client codes and be registered to use our online declarations website.
Make sure you know and understand all the requirements and information that you will need to provide. Customs clearances need to be filled in correctly and truthfully, and are legally binding documents.
Before you submit an export entry or an ECI, have the following information on hand:
It is also wise to know what items may be prohibited from export, as well as any exemptions that may be applicable.
If your goods are cleared, you will receive a delivery order allowing your goods to be packed for export. Goods will not be able to leave until the delivery order has been given.