Understanding the logistics of imports and exports are important for UK startups who intend to ship goods to and from countries outside the United Kingdom. If your business is on the cusp of such activities, the Gov.Uk site has detailed information on how to import and how to export.
Some key issues for potential exporters to grasp include an understanding of how VAT works, selecting the correct commodity codes and use of HMRC’s Chief system. Additionally, certain types of products are classed as controlled goods and may require a strategic export licence (such as weapons).
Importers will also need to ensure the goods they are bringing into the country are permitted, and check if they require an import licence.