Brexit makes it more difficult to ship art to Europe

Hanseatic Gold

Recently I had to send a painting off to Riga in Latvia for the Hanseatic Gold Art Exhibition.

Hanseatic Gold
Hanseatic Gold – a celebration in art of the modern Hanseatic League

I did not think that Brexit would affect fine art. Think again. A lot of forms and money are now required to get anything into Europe. Here is what we had to do to send a painting to Latvia:

Packing List

  • Nature of content – we said ‘amateur painting’
  • Reason for export
  • Commodity code
  • Country of origin
  • Place and name of exporter
  • Whether or ot these goods are of UK preferential origin
  • Total value of goods

Security Declaration

The exporter of the products covered by this document (GBUNREG) declares that, except where otherwise clearly indicated, these products are of UK preferential origin.

Date: 20 May 2021

Place & Name of Exporter: See exporter details above

Important – Please read carefully:

A) All goods were personally packed by me and have been in my constant possession since packing.

B) No goods have been added to the consignment by any other person, nor are any goods being carried on behalf of any other person.

C) I have declared all ELECTRICAL ITEMS on the packing list.

D) This shipment does not contain any hazardous goods, eg perfume, aftershave, aerosols, paint. (Please see link on our website: for more info)

E) I am aware that any false statement may render me liable to prosecution under the terms of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990.

F) I hereby declare that the above information is true and correct.

Shipping Label (aka Air Waybill)

This document has to contain the following:

  • Declaration of value – this needs to be below a certain amount to avoid duty. So my painting was declared to be worth £18 to keep fees down
  • Content – we declared ‘amateur painting’

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