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HMRC internal manual

Customs Freight Simplified Procedures

Introduction to Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP): background to CFSP

Community legislation makes provision for EU Member States to make available Simplified Procedures. CFSP is designed to provide greater flexibility to businesses engaged in third country importations by moving fiscal and statistical controls inland. Traders gain a greater certainty of clearance as administrative controls at the border are minimised. The procedures rely on the development of commercial software and the use of EDI messaging facilities linked to the CHIEF system.

The department’s main objective under CFSP is to achieve enhanced compliance by improved targeting and greater use of systems audit techniques. For the vast majority of goods imported using CFSP, control will be exercised post-clearance inland rather than on entry at the frontier.

CFSP will not compromise the UK Border Agency’s commitment to maintain anti-smuggling controls and to effectively enforce import prohibitions and restrictions for all goods entering the UK. Therefore all goods imported using CFSP will be subject to the same anti-smuggling, prohibitions and restrictions checks as those entered using standard procedures. Admissibility controls will continue to be exercised at the frontier.