Customs Declaration (cn22) is the official document that helps Customs team to check the package easily. A Customs Declaration CN22 is a customs document, used during international trade activities when goods are being transported overseas. They also make sure that the importer pays right duty charges and taxes on it which are also called Customs Charges. It contains information about:
- The nature of the goods (including a detailed description and value)
- The country of origin.
- The Customs tariff number (if known)
The shipment may include:
- Online shopping
- Any other parcel
Customs Declaration cn22 is usually attached to the outside of the package so that it can be checked whenever needed. You can download the form online. Make sure to fill it properly as it is very critical and can affect the transportation of your goods.
Here are the answers to few of the FAQ’s about filling Customs Declaration:
Who is to fill Customs Declaration CN22?
The sender fills the Customs Declaration cn22. The customs law says that the importer is legally responsible for the Customs Declaration. So, the cn22 should be filled very carefully and completely.
If the importer (shopper) decides to do the Customs formalities on their own, then the sender should write that the goods are to be Customs cleared by the importer. If it is not marked like that then the importer will have no authority to Customs clear the goods. In this case, the team of Customs will clear the goods themselves and then handover the package to the importer. The importer will pay the due taxes and then the goods will be released for the delivery. The manual procedure is time taking though.
Difference between CN22/23 and commercial invoices
CN22 and CN23 documents are exclusively required when sending goods to the EU when shipping through the Royal Mail. International couriers such as DHL or DPD do not require a CN22/23, but rather a Commercial Invoice. The information and use of this invoice functions similarly to CN22/23, but make sure you complete the correct form for your preferred shipping option.
Why are they needed?
They assist customs in checking the contents of packages leaving the EU via the Royal Mail.
They help customs to assign the correct duties and charges that need to be applied.
The forms aid in the monitoring of prohibited goods being shipped.
Must be used if your goods are being transported outside of the EU, up to the value of £270*
If the value of your goods being transported outside of the EU have a value of over £270, then a CN23 is needed instead of a CN22*
*Note: When the UK leaves the European Union, any mail being sent to the EU from the UK will require a CN22/23 attachment when being sent through the Royal Mail.
Which language should be used to fill the Customs Declaration CN22?
The Customs declaration cn22 should be filled in English as it is understandable in most of the countries. The sender can check that the country to which goods are to be imported accept which languages.
When is a Customs Declaration CN22 used?
If your goods are being transported outside of the EU and have a value of up to 270 Euro you must attach a signed and dated CN22. The document informs Customs of the contents of your consignment and helps them to check for banned or restricted items.
Once you are done with the products you have to ship/courier to another country (outside EU) and have a value of up to 270 Euro you must attach a signed and dated CN22. There are lot many forms which have to be filled by the exporter and if you are clueless about CN22 then read below and know how to properly fill it.
Why do I need a CN22?
You MUST have a Customs Declaration to send goods outside of the EU. If a declaration is not provided OR is completed incorrectly it can lead to delays or even seizure of the goods by Customs.
Where can I get a CN22?
You can click here to signup and can create CN22 online using EdgeCTP Cloud-based application.
How to declare the package contents correctly on CN22?
It should be mentioned clearly that what is inside the package. It is important to avoid delays and ease the checking procedure. If the goods are mentioned incorrectly or the information is misleading then the recipient will have to pay fine and the product will be seized.
Following description should be mentioned on the declaration:
- Item: Clearly mention what is inside the package. Like ‘woman casual wear shirts’ or ‘men formal wear shirts’ etc. General description is not allowed. For example, ‘sample products’ is not allowed as it is not clear that what is inside the package.
- Quantity: Write the number of products you are sending in figures and words also. For example, ‘100’ and ‘hundred’.
- Weight: weigh your products before packaging and write on the declaration. Write the weight of each product along with the net weight of the package in kilograms (kgs)
- Value: Write the price of each product along with the total in the currency in which the products are purchased. Make sure to write correct value as the taxes and Customs charges will be according to the final value of the package. Also, see the limit which is allowed by the country in which goods are to be sent. For example, for United Kingdoms, the Customs duty becomes payable if the total value of all the goods in the package is over £135.
- Category: There are many options of different categories to choose from. You can choose the correct category by discussing it with the importer also. As choosing the wrong category can result in extra charges.
- Address: Write the correct address of the recipient. In case of incorrect address, the package may get stuck and the delivery will be delayed.
- Additional information: Invoice should be attached of all the items in the package. Other necessary information should also be given. For example, if the goods are fragile, mention it. If the items are with license then do mention it and tick the correct box and specify the numbers on the Customs Declaration.
Complete detail regarding cn22 countries are described below. Any destination not listed here is considered ‘outside the EU’ and requires a CN22 or CN23 form.
If you are sending items to any of the countries listed below, please do not include a CN22/CN23 form as this may delay the item in transit.
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
You will also need to complete a customs declaration for the following EU destinations:
- Channel Islands – Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark
- Canary Islands
- San Marino
- Vatican City State
How to Complete CN22?