As of January 31st, 2020, the UK will finally and formally leave the European Union. There will be a transition period where all supply chain stakeholders will need to put customs procedures in place. By early 2021 all shipments delivering to, or transiting through the UK will require customs declarations. The declarant will need to use a software platform to process declarations as they cannot go directly to a Revenue service and input data and submit a declaration.Further information on how to process customs returns can be found at:
How to make a customs declaration:
Customs returns and declarations must be made electronically using Revenue’s Automated Entry Processing (AEP) system.
All customs declarations for export must be lodged electronically. AEP is the system used for the completion of customs related procedures in an electronic format. The system handles the validation, processing, duty accounting and clearance of declarations to Revenue for customs purposes. The system also checks updated data format, validations and prohibitions and restrictions.
Custran enables the processing of customs declarations via a secure connection with revenues AEP system, either in-house directly, or via a Custran customs agent.
Many importers and exporters are making the strategic decision to bring customs returns and procedures in-house. Once a software platform is procured and staff are trained, the company must inform Revenue about certain details. Please review your customs planning by reading through,
What is Direct Trader Input (DTI):
Importers, exporters or their agents need dedicated software to use DTI for making electronic declarations to the Automated Entry Processing system (AEP). In the absence of this software you can appoint a customs agent to make declarations on your behalf.
DTI users communicate with the AEP system through Revenue Online Service (ROS). You will require a digital certificate which you can get from ROS. The AEP system operates on an almost 24-hour basis.
The Single Administrative Document (SAD) is the central and most commonly used customs declaration. It is used for both imports and exports. For more information on which countries require SADs please review.
Where is a Single Administrative Document used:
The single administrative document (SAD) is a form used for customs declarations in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, the Republic of North Macedonia and Serbia. It is composed of a set of eight copies each with a different function.
Using one single document reduces the administrative burden and increases the standardisation and harmonisation of data collected on trade.