Since 29 December, EU countries have become subject to international postage rules as far as the UK is concerned. What this means in practice is that we will need to attach customs declaration forms on all packages we send outside of the UK. However, if you’re sending from Northern Ireland to the EU or Great Britain, customs forms are not required.

The rules around posting abroad have changed. Customers posting from England, Scotland and Wales will have to attach customs declaration forms to all items containing gifts or goods being sent abroad, including to EU destinations.

For items worth up to £270, we will have to include a completed and signed CN22 customs label. However, there are two different CN22 labels that have the same content. For tracked items there is a CN22 you can download and print. But the label for International Standard or Economy services carries a barcode and is available only in Post Office branches. That means a trip to the Post Office to send a parcel containing a gift, a commercial sample, returned goods, documents, or goods for sale. Or perhaps it only involves one trip to the Post Office to ask your Post Office branch to give you a bunch of barcoded CN22 labels.

For items worth more than £270 there is a different customs form CN23, which has got fields for weight, number of items, value, type, etc. like a ParcelForce form.

If we were to send good abroad tracked, then it pays to know the category of goods being sent because the form asks for it. The list is on the World Customs Organization site and for paper goods under section X it is either #48 or #49

#48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard: 1048-2017E

#49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans: 1049-2017E

Posted by:David Bennett

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