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What Details Need to Appear on a VAT Invoice for Courier Services in the UK?

There are strict, but thankfully very simple, rules for what needs to appear on a VAT invoice in the UK. To satisfy HMRC you need to include on your invoice: The date of issue of the invoice. A sequential number that uniquely identifies the invoice. Your business’s name, address and VAT registration number. The name […]

What does CMR mean?

What is CMR? CMR stands for “Convention relative au contrat de transport international de marchandises par route” which translates as “Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road”. It was devised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and was brought into UK law by the Carriage of Goods by […]

Terms and Conditions for Couriers

So you’ve got your Goods In Transit Insurance (up to say £15,000), you’ve got your Public Liability Insurance (up to say £1 MILLION) and you think you’re pretty much covered for everything, right? Wrong. Unless you only ever carry goods under your own ‘Terms and Conditions’ or ‘Conditions of Carriage’, which you make available to […]

Can I claim back the VAT on the things I bought before I was registered for Vat

When you first register for VAT you’re allowed to claim back the VAT on some of the things you paid VAT on before you became VAT registered. The claim should always be made on your first VAT return. HMRC are ‘allowed’ to let you claim at a later stage but they don’t have to do […]

Driver CPC – what is it and why would I need it?

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (or Driver CPC) is a new scheme brought in under the requirements of an EU Directive 2003/59. It will eventually apply to all drivers of Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) and Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV). The Driver CPC is in no way connected with the Operator’s CPC required by Transport […]

I’ve registered my courier business for VAT – what now?

Once you’ve applied to be registered for VAT it can take anything from 2 weeks to 3 months (even longer in certain cases) for you to receive confirmation of your registration and your VAT registration number. Unless you’ve taken the (sometimes sensible) option of starting your registration on a date in the future you could […]

I need to take action to recover a bad debt, what should I do?

Whilst it’s tempting just to go to www.moneyclaim.gov.uk and issue a claim through Small Claims it’s important that you only do this as a last resort. You need to be able to show the court that you have already taken reasonable steps to get your money – including making a formal request for payment making […]

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