UK Customs Declarations
A customs declaration is a legal document that declares the value and contents of what you’re importing or exporting. It’s used by customs authorities in both the origin country and the destination country to ensure trades are compliant and pay the correct taxes and duties.
Customs clearance is the process that goods must go through before being imported or exported. It’s important that your customs declaration is accurate, or this can cause delays crossing the border. Customs declarations are also necessary for security, as certain goods are subject to licences or permits.
Import and export customs declarations can be complex so you may decide to hire a person or business to handle them for you. You will need an EORI number that starts with GB to import goods into England, Wales or Scotland. You’ll need a new one if you have an EORI that does not start with GB. If you move goods to or from Northern Ireland you may need one that starts with XI.
You should check whoever is sending the goods is able to export them from their country as the business sending you the goods may need:
- to make an export declaration in their country
- licences or certificates to send goods to the UK
You can hire someone to deal with customs and transport the goods for you, or you can do it yourself.
If you require a professional customs declaration service contact Custran today.