Guidance

Get your import VAT certificates

If you make declarations using the Customs Declaration Service, your import VAT certificates (C79) show how much VAT you've paid and help you complete your VAT Return.

If you make declarations using the Customs Declaration Service, you can check your import VAT certificates (C79) for details of VAT you’ve paid that you can recover as input tax on your return.

Your certificates will be available monthly.

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Before you start

You’ll need a Government Gateway user ID and password which is linked to your EORI number.

If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you get your import VAT certificate.

You can read more about the different ways to pay VAT on imports.

If you use CHIEF

If you use the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service you’ll still get your C79 certificates sent to you in the post.

Published 13 September 2019