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HMRC internal manual

Import and National Clearance Hub Procedures

Outline of CHIEF computer facilities: special procedures

Prohibited / restricted goods

Computer processing of entries for goods subject to an import prohibition / restriction relies on the accuracy of the declared information and data held on computer. In some cases this cannot be identified by computer, detection relies on the alertness of staff to the possibility of attempted evasion. When infringement is suspected or established the entry is queried using the CHIEF system.

CAP charges

If pre-clearance customs checks are output for goods potentially liable to CAP charges, liability to CAP charges and the calculation of amounts are to be checked manually where indicated by CHIEF, in accordance with the instructions relating to such goods.

Tariff quota entries

All entries for critical quotas require security and is a condition of the entry being accepted by CHIEF. These entries are part of the download on to the NIDAC system who adjust the security when the allocation has been received from the Quota Unit in Southend.

For detailed instructions on critical quota procedures please refer to the Tariff Quotas Guidance Notes.

CFSP Declarations may choose to claim quota on either the SFD or Supplementary declaration. Any queries regarding quota and CFSP should be resolved by the detail in the Traders CFSP authorisation letter or contact the Trader’s CFSP supervising office.