Export Used Car Battery to Thailand from UK

Question posted by Chun Wai Yu

Currently I only deal with plastic exports to China, however recently I found a customer from Thailand looking for used car batteries without acid.

Can anyone guide me on the license & regulations/controls required for this type of export.

The client has already obtained the import license locally, therefore I think import to Thai is not a problem for her.

I just wondered what UK regulations I need to follow.

Thanks everyone

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Howard Marsh, on behalf of Descartes in SO40.

It might be regarded as a hazardous cargo by some carriers so you will need to consider the Dangerous Goods declaration as well as a UK customs export declaration. Suggest you speak to the carrier of the goods for advice.

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I am unable to answer on UK controls but the following link may help you in addition to the advice given by Howard Marsh:

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I recommend contacting your local Chamber of Commerce in the UK. They will be able to help you with your enquiry: http://exportbritain.org.uk/uk-chamber-directory/
Best regards,
Export Britain

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link:


You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful.

Licensing Requirements

Some goods may require an export licence from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. If a licence is required, it should be obtained before the goods are imported. Further advice can be obtained by calling the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 01642 364 333 or by e-mail at enquiries.ilb@bis.gsi.gov.uk

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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