With more businesses selling online, there has been an increase in the amount of parcels being sent abroad. We made this guide to help you with the documentation required for exporting a parcel with Worldwide Parcel Services.
Your most important document is your invoice!!
We cannot stress highly enough that the most important document for your parcel will be your parcel invoice.There are two different types of parcel invoices that can be used for sending a package abroad.
1. Commercial invoice - Used for when a parcel contains shipments that are being sold abroad.
2. Pro-forma invoice - Necessary for parcels that contain items such as gifts or samples.
It is essential that you provide the right documentation so that a parcel can pass through customs quickly. Often parcels can be delayed because a parcel is missing crucial data on its parcel invoice.
Sometimes it may be necessary to provide additional documentation information. Some parcels may require documentation showing the destination of the parcel and the commodity code for products. The commodity code can be determined by the shipping paperwork you have received from your courier. It is important to note this code as it is used to comply with government requirements for export licenses. Worldwide Parcel Services recommends that you check either the “parcel license” or “no license number required” is shown on your cheap parcel invoice.
When shipping a product abroad that contains a sold item, you may also need to include product certificates. With the emergence of counterfeit goods being sold online, customs are now stricter than ever on items being sent. Therefore, to avoid your parcel being potentially returned or destroyed, you should include a certificate of authenticity.
Wrapping it all up
Exporting packages and understanding customs can be complex, however we are here to help you every step of the way. Our friendly UK based team will be more than happy to help you should you have any queries. Please contact us at either firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8310 1362.