Customs Procedure Codes

Hi, it’s David again with more mumbo jumbo.

This time it’s something called Customs Procedure Codes [commonly referred to as a ‘CPC’ in the customs world].

Put simply, this code tells customs what is happening to the goods.  For example, an import to ‘Home Use’ or a ‘Temporary Admission’.  The former means the goods will be consumed in the UK; the latter means the goods will stay in the UK only or a temporary period before re-export.  Depending on the CPC, you may be entitled to claim some form of relief to import taxes.  In many cases such reliefs may require special authorisation from customs which must be obtained before the goods are imported.

There is also an export CPC which likewise defines what is happening to the goods – for example, a permanent export as opposed to a temporary one.

There are many CPCs available; we strongly suggest you take advice from customs or your friendly freight forwarder / customs broker.

UK government advice to traders is reproduced below:

Customs procedure codes (CPCs) identify the customs and/or excise regimes which goods are being entered into and removed from (where this applies).

The CPC is based on a 2-digit community code which identifies a customs procedure. The CPC is built up into a 7-digit code from this.

You can read more information, click here about customs procedure codes, with examples.


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