A customs entry is an import declaration made to obtain customs clearance. It can take several forms, requires a significant amount of information and is legally binding. In other words, it’s important to get it right.
In this article, we’ll clarify exactly what a Customs Entry is, when you need one, what goes on one and who can make them. We’ll also show you how DG International can help simplify the customs clearance process.
A Customs Entry (also known as a Customs Declaration) is a statement of information sent to the National Clearance Hub, a part of HMRC. It is required every time you import goods into the UK or export them abroad.
A customs entry can take three forms:
What goes on a Customs Entry will depend on the form it takes, but it will usually require the following information:
All Customs Entry declarations must be submitted to HMRC’s computer system, CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight). Anyone can make a customs declaration, but if you submit customs entries yourself, you will have to purchase or download software to integrate with CHIEF.
That’s why most freight forwarders or customs brokers will submit the documents on your behalf on a direct representative basis. This means you remain liable for the information on the forms.
Ideally, your chosen partner will also be an Authorised Economic Operator. By receiving an AEO certificate from HMRC, logistics companies typically reduce the number of control checks carried out on goods they are responsible for. Goods from an AEO logistics company are usually prioritised, too.
Submitting a factually accurate Customs Entry in a timely manner is an essential part of the customs clearance process. If you or your freight forwarder fail to complete an entry form, you can expect your goods to experience significant delays and additional charges.
As an Authorised Economic Operator, DG International can take advantage of the streamlined processes afforded to us by HMRC. Our clients know that any and all Customs Entry forms are taken care of two weeks prior to departure or arrival so that goods sit in port for as little time as possible. Speak to one of our consultants for more information about our customs processes or start building a bespoke quote today.