Our experts support the growth of your business globally, including trade agreements, certification processes, and tariff information.

Expanding your business into the international market can be hassle-free with the proper declaration of European products. Our experts at Portagent have extensive knowledge in exporting and can assist you in obtaining the necessary trade agreements and certificates, such as EUR.1, EUR-MED, or Certificate of Origin, to reduce or eliminate tariffs for our customers.

Our electronic registration system, BHT – Bremer Hafentelematik, ensures a smooth export process by connecting all parties involved, including customs, shipping companies, tallying services, and port authorities.

An export procedure is used by individuals or businesses to declare that goods are leaving the customs union. Also, when goods are imported temporarily or for processing, it is necessary to file for export. In these cases it is mandatory to obtain the release of goods from the customs office.

It is required that any exporter complies to trade policy measures, such as restrictions in quantities, prohibitions or sanctions on individuals and countries. For some products an export license may be required. 

Additionally, the local customs authorities monitor the amounts and values of goods exported for statistical reasons and policy decision taking.

  • There are 2 different types of customs offices during an export procedure:
    1. Customs office of export – local office
    The customs office responsible for agreeing to the export of goods is located in the district where the exporter is based or where the goods will be prepared for export. It is required that a product intended for export is presented at the customs office or at a location designated or approved by customs authorities.
    2. Customs office departure – border office
    The customs office of exit is where goods are leaving the European Union’s customs territory, typically at ports where they are loaded onto a vessel. 
  • Prerequisites in a one-step export procedure

For consignments valued at less than 1000 euros or weighing less than 1000 kilograms, verbal registration at the customs office of departure (at the border of the customs union) is allowed. If the value is below 3000 euros, the goods may be presented directly at the customs office of departure, and the export declaration can be submitted electronically

  • Prerequisites in a two-step export procedure

To initiate the export process, the goods must be presented at the customs office of export (closest office to location where the transport is initiated). After confirmation by the customs authorities, the goods can be sent to the customs office of departure.


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