Great Britain: Safety and Security requirements – EXS

The introduction of Safety and Security requirements for the movement goods out and into Great Britain for many scenarios had been postponed from the 1st January 2021. The next few months will see the implementation of these Safety and Security requirements.

EXS requirements

Most exports will have safety and security requirements met with the customs export declaration which contains safety and security information. This is sometimes referred to as a combined export declaration.

When Safety and Security requirements have not been met by means of a combined export declaration, an EXS is required when: –

  • an empty pallet, container or vehicle is being moved under a transport contract
  • 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) or a transit security accompanying document (TSAD)

The requirement for EXS had been postponed in the scenarios –

  • empty pallets, containers and vehicles being moved under a transport contract to the EU (and to other countries for which a pre-departure declaration was not required before 31 December 2020), and;
  • goods in RoRo vehicles where there would otherwise be a requirement for an EXS. This will include, for example, transit movements using RoRo.

From the 1st October 2021, an EXS will now be required for the two scenarios mentioned above.

From a transit point of view, it means that EXS will be required for;

  • Transits (TAD/TSAD) which have started outside GB and which will travel through GB on the way to their destination (in the EU and onwards), e.g., Ireland via GB to France under T2
  • Transits (TAD/TSAD) which have started in GB but were not preceded by a “combined export”*


*this scenario will be extremely rare


SGS e-Customs service


SGS e-Customs will provide a full EXS service covering all the scenarios where EXS will be needed including for goods travelling under transit and for empty pallets, containers and vehicles moved under a transport contract.


For more information, please contact your local client centre or use the Contact us form to get in touch.


Important note: for T2 transits crossing the UK land bridge, an EORI number for the consignor is mandatory. The UK EXS system will support the use of EU EORI numbers.

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