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HMRC internal manual

Customs Freight Simplified Procedures

Processing the application: goods to be covered by the authorisation

In Section 2 of the C&E48 the trader must provide full details of the type of goods they wish to import/release using CFSP procedures. If the trader will be importing more than five commodities they may exceptionally list this information and provide it on the visit. A copy of the list should be attached to the trader’s authorisation letter and cross referenced in Part 6 of the authorisation.

Officers should be aware that certain products and procedures may not be used with CFSP and must therefore be imported using the standard methods of declaration. The officer must ensure that the trader is fully aware of these exclusions.

Controlled goods may not be imported under EIDR. If the trader wishes to import controlled goods using SDP, they must list the goods to be imported in the application form. It must be stressed to the applicant that they must declare the goods using the procedures detailed in CFSP03350. If an existing CFSP trader wishes to import controlled goods and it is discovered that he has previously been importing these goods under CFSP EIDR or using a SDP CPC for non-controlled goods he must be reminded of his responsibilities and issued with a Warning Letter before amending the authorisation.

A list of goods controlled for CFSP purposes is maintained in CFSP Information Paper 43 on the HMRC CFSP webpage. This list is not exhaustive. Customs Information Papers (CIPs) published on the HMRC website also advise traders of goods that may become controlled.

If in any doubt as to whether the type of goods a trader intends to declare is subject to import prohibition or restrictions, consult the UKBA Border Policy team at the Home Office for advice. The guidelines covering prohibition and restrictions are found in C4 - 1 to C4 - 36.