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Exit Summary Declarations Launch

From the 1st of January until 30 September 2021, there has been a temporary waiver for safety and security requirements on exports from Great Britain for 2 categories of movement only.

The temporary waiver applies to the movement of:

  • empty pallets, containers and vehicles being moved under a transport contract to the EU (and to other countries for which pre-departure declarations were not required before 31 December 2020)

  • goods in Roll on Roll off vehicles where there would otherwise be a requirement for an exit summary declaration, for example, transit movements using Roll on Roll off

From today, October 1st, exit summary declarations are now required!

Who must submit

Safety and security export requirements apply to all movements out of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), unless the goods are covered under the temporary waiver or are going to Northern Ireland. The requirements also apply to some movements out of Northern Ireland, unless they are going to the EU.

Most goods being exported will be covered by an export declaration containing safety and security information, so an exit summary declaration is not a common requirement.

Carriers, defined as the operator of the active means of transport, have the legal responsibility to make sure the UK customs authority is provided with pre-departure safety and security information.

You’ll need to submit an exit summary declaration if your export consignments are not covered by a full export declaration, which includes safety and security data.

An exit summary declaration is required when:

  • an empty pallet, container or vehicle is being moved under a transport contract – a transport contract, or contract of carriage, is an agreement between a carrier and shipper or passenger, setting out each party’s duties and rights

  • goods have remained in temporary storage for more than 14 days

  • goods have remained in temporary storage for less than 14 days, but the import safety and security declaration details are unknown, or the destination or consignee has changed

  • goods are moved under transit using either a:

  • transit accompanying document (TAD)

  • transit security accompanying document (TSAD)

  • transports internationaux routiers (TIR) carnet document

Source:Find out when to make an exit summary declaration - GOV.UK (

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