Documenting your packages


Hi all, we are actually setting off for Poland with humanitarian aid supplies this week and have learned an awful lot over the last few days.

It’s important to separate items into boxes of the same items, measure the dimensions of each box, weigh it, label it and give each box a consignment number (tariff code) which comes from

Below is a screen shot of the spreadsheet we created - this needs to be included in your documentation when presenting things to customs. Hope this helps. FYI, we estimated the number of items in each box and gave each item a nominal value of £1. As this is humanitarian aid, then there is no duty due in the EU - but again getting the paperwork right is key to this.

I will post on here after returning from our trip to hopefully confirm that this all went swimmingly well.



Just to add to this - we sailed through the customs checks last night in under 2 minutes - result…

We had help from a shipping company locally that understood the rules around customs and they pointed us in the right direction - we had to do the leg work as per the spreadsheet above, then they completed the paperwork for us.

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...