If you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods from outside of the EU, you must complete an import declaration to get your goods through customs.
From 1 January 2021
Businesses in Great Britain will need to follow these rules for all countries outside the UK.
Completing a customs declaration can be complicated and you’ll need compatible software to do it. You may want to get someone to deal with customs for you or find a customs training provider to help you.
How to submit
Most declarations are submitted electronically through Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. If you’re going to do this yourself, rather than appoint an agent, you’ll need to:
There are different rules for:
- carrying merchandise in your baggage with a value less than £873
- importing goods by post
- importing multiple low value parcels on one declaration
When to submit
But it’s a different process if you’re using simplified declarations procedures.