Customs Documents

There is a confusing number of customs documents involved in the international trade process and much of what you need to know is wrapped up in detailed H.M Revenue & Customs terminology.

You can easily avoid costly penalties and delays by ensuring that you have the correct customs documentation in place for your shipments.

How we can help

Our dedicated team of customs specialists sift through the jargon and take away the confusion so you can focus on successfully getting your goods to market.

We provide the full range of customs documents necessary for trading overseas. And we arrange all necessary shipment paperwork on your behalf.

Common international trade documents:


EUR1 Movement Certificate

This form allows your customers in certain countries to benefit from preferential trading agreements that the EU has put in place. If you want your goods to qualify for a lower rate of import duty, known as importing under 'preference', then complete a EUR1 document.

ATR Movement Certificate

An ATR document can be required by UK businesses that trade with Turkey. It entitles goods which are in 'free circulation' in the EU to receive preferential import duty treatment when being shipped to Turkey.

Commercial Invoice

Used as a customs declaration in international trade, a commercial invoice must be provided by all persons or businesses that are selling items internationally. For some countries there are specific requirements on the layout, form or content of the invoice and the declarations. Your customer may also ask for special wording or clauses that you should include on the invoice.

Import Certificate

Import Certificates act as end use assurance and are often needed by overseas suppliers to obtain an export licence. The supplier must produce the import certificate to show the authorities what the goods are going to be used for.

Standard Shipping Note

This is a shipping document that gives details about the contents of a consignment to carriers, receiving authorities and forwarders. It provides information about each movement stage, right up until final loading on board the vessel or aircraft.

Dangerous Goods Note

Dangerous goods require completion of a Dangerous Goods Note (DGN) before shipment. A DGN can be used for all forms of transport except air when an IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration is used.

Certificates of Value & Origin

Various countries require a Certificate of Value & Origin to satisfy their customs entry procedures. It’s vitally important to understand which markets require what documents.

How to get started

Most customs documents are readily available in both paper and electronic format. Depending on how you prefer to operate we have a solution to meet your needs.

Do it online

Visit our Acorn International Trade Services website to set up a new account and start creating and submitting your customs documentation today.

If you have any questions you can contact a member of our team and we'll guide you through the entire online process.

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