Exit summary declaration

In case you bring goods out of the EU under circumstances where no export declaration is required, you still have to send pre-departure information to Customs in the form of an electronic exit summary declaration. This should only be the case in a few exceptional situations, for example when you send community goods from one EU Member Sate to another through a country outside the EU.

Who is responsible for submitting the information?

It its the carrier who is responsible for submitting an exit summary declaration. The duty to send summary declarations to Customs can be assigned to another party, but this requires a written agreement between the parties.

Where do I send the information?

When goods leave the customs territory of the EU, the exit summary declaration is to be submitted to a customs office in the last EU country that the transport passes before it leaves the EU, i.e. the customs office of exit.

What information do I need to provide?


  • Number of items
  • Container number
  • Commercial reference number
  • Goods item number
  • Declaration date
  • Commodity code
  • Signature
  • Gross mass
  • Consignor/exporter
  • Customs office of exit
  • Consignee
  • Location of goods
  • Goods description
  • Type of package (code), number of packages, shipping marks
  • UN Dangerous Goods code
  • Number of seals/seals identity (currently not required in Sweden)
  • Transport document number
  • Other specific circumstance indicator
  • Person lodging the summary declaration (only required in the exit summary declaration)
  • Transport charges method of payment code
  • Mode of transport code
  • Country(ies) of routing codes


Most operators in the declaration should be identified by their EORI number.

When do I send the information?

These data must be sent to Customs before the exportation. How far in advance depend on the mode of transport at the border.

Maritime traffic

  • Containers — 24 hours before loading at the port of departure from the EU. Please note the special rules in item 3.
  • Bulk/break bulk cargo — 4 hours before leaving the port in the EU. Please note the special rules in item 3.
  • If the goods are transported between the EU and Greenland, the Faeroe Islands,Ceuta ,Melilla ,Norway ,Iceland , ports on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Black Sea or the Mediterranean, or all ports of Morocco — 2 hours before leaving the port in the EU. (This does not apply to the French overseas departments, the Azores, Madeira and theCanary Islands .)

Air traffic

  • At least 30 minutes before departure from an airport in the EU.

Road traffic

  • 1 hour before departure from the customs office of exit.

Rail traffic

  • 2 hours before departure from the customs office of exit.

Further information

EORI, Economic Operator Registration and Identification

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