The UK is left EU on the 31st December 2020. There is a now a trade deal in place. However all imports and exports require a customs declaration
All imports and exports from a country require a custom declaration to be made. It is essential this is done correctly otherwise the shipment may be held by customs until any issues are resolved. The goods should be correctly declared on the packing list and the invoice.
We can provide help for UK customs clearances in the following areas:
GSP / REX Preference Declarations
Port Health Requirements
Duty and VAT Rates
IP Inward Processing (Returns and goods for Re-export)
OP Outward processing
For shippers who have arranged their own freight directly with the shipping lines and need an agent to arrange the UK export clearance then we can offer a service which is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. This can be either containers, groupage, ro/ro and break-bulk shipments.
If you are a shipper or a consignee and you require an customs broker to arrange the export or the import of your goods. AJF can offer our customs clearance services for all of the Uk and through our agency network we can offer customs handling in several other countries around the world from Canada to Australia. If you need final on-carriage/delivery of your shipment we can offer this service as well in most countries.
For most clearances in the UK you will need to provide us with the following minimum documentation.
Bill Of Lading or official transit document (Imports)
Vessel Name, Departure Port(Exports)
Container or Trailer Number
Shipping Invoice. This must clearly state on it that it is a commercial invoice, should ideally show incoterms and origin declaration.
Commodity Code Information. If you are unsure please check with us well before the shipment arrives to ensure we have a valid tariff code
Custom Procedure Code (CPC). If you are unsure please check with us to ensure this is valid before the shipment arrives. See here for common codes
EORI Number (All existing UK VAT registered have now been issued with an EORI number)
If applicable your Deferment Approval Number
Depending on the country scanned copies of documents will be ok for a clearance otherwise you will need the original documents. Always ensure all goods in the shipment are declared on the packing list. This includes any samples or personal effects which may have been loaded to take advantage of spare space in the shipment. This is acceptable if it is declared.
Ireland – Dublin, Belfast, Drogheda, Cork
Belgium – Antwerp
Holland – Rotterdam
Germany – Hamburg
Scandinavia – Main shipping ports
Middle East Countries
We cover most of the main ports in the middle east including Dubai.