Customs declarations for goods brought into the EU

Most declarations should be submitted electronically using third party software that connects to the CHIEF system.

In a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need to follow these rules if you import from anywhere outside the UK. You can make it easier to bring goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures.

If your business is bringing goods into the EU you’ll need to submit a customs declaration.

Completing a customs declaration is complicated and you’ll need software. So you may want to get someone to deal with customs for 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:

In a no-deal Brexit, businesses carrying merchandise in baggage or small vehicles with a value less than £900 will follow different rules.

When to submit

You must normally submit a full declaration at the time the goods enter the EU, unless you’re putting them into temporary storage.

But it’s a different process if you’re:

Boxes you need to complete

For all declarations it’s important to have the right:

There are different boxes to complete depending on the type of declaration you’re submitting.

Find out the boxes you need to complete on your declaration.

Published 11 January 2019