Outward Processing (OP) Authorisation

Just one of a number of authorisations for HMRC customs facilitations and simplifications our team can help you obtain; these can be hugely valuable in decreasing or removing entirely the burden of import duty and VAT on cashflow and profits

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Similar in nature to Inward Processing, Outward Processing (OP) is also a customs procedure designed to remove the burden of unnecessary duties and taxes on companies exporting goods for processing or repair overseas. These goods are subsequently reimported following processing or repair and may be totally or partially relieved from duty. NB: Relief does not extend to VAT except where the goods are repaired or processed under a warranty or guarantee agreement.

Again, like Inward Processing, a simplified authorisation (referred to as “Authorisation by Declaration”) is available to exporters restricting exports to 3 or less in a 12-month period and where the processing or repair time is 6 months or less. However, again, as a business grows, volumes can increase, in which case the company needs to apply for Full Authorisation for Outward Processing.

Global Trade Department frequently advises companies on the exact compliance requirements surrounding Outward Processing, especially in the case of ‘replacement goods’ using either the Standard Exchange System (SES) or the Prior-Export Equivalents (PEE) process. We also have an excellent awareness of the evidence a company needs to supply and have a 100% success rate in applying for Full Authorisation on behalf of clients.

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