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What is a Controlled Shipment?

The phrase Controlled Shipment is generally used during export processing as identifying items that are subject to specific Customs procedures or Other Government Department licensing or permit requirements.

Examples of Licensing

Dual-Use items (civil items that may have a military use) and military list goods/strategic goods - Export licensing is managed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills Export Controls Organisation.

Phytosanitary permit -  Documentation required for certain plants, seed, fruit / vegetables and soil to verify that they are free from disease or contamination.

Examples of Customs Procedures

Temporary Export - Goods being removed from the EU temporarily to be returned without being advanced in value or processed (Exhibition goods, goods for test, educational loan etc).

Goods being returned after repair - This is removal process from a procedure known as Inward Processing; details of the original import are required to be filed in the re-export declaration. Customs has further requirement s of sender post export (completing a Bill of Discharge)

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