Step By Step Guide to Importing

David here again binding together a number of previous blogs.

In some of my previous posts I have tried to address basic issues relating to the import Customs clearance process.

The UK government’s ‘Partnership Pack’ was the basis for this.  In this pack there is a useful ‘step by step’ guide to importing.  You can find this by visiting: partnership-pack-preparing-for-a-no-deal-eu-exit-step-by-step-guide-to-importing

This has 10 steps:

  1.  EORI
  2. Commodity codes – known as ‘classification’
  3. Valuation
  4. Prohibitions and restrictions
  5. Origin of goods
  6. Facilitations
  7. Customs Procedure Codes [CPC]
  8. Declaring imports to Customs
  9. Paying duty and VAT
  10. Record keeping

Some useful information on excise duty, VAT and AEO status

This publication is a useful point to start to try to understand what will be required for imports from the EU27 post-Brexit if no deal is reached.  Whereas it has always been possible to make your own declarations – and the new TSP easement builds on this – I have no doubt that by using this guide to dip a toe in the water, you will see quickly how complex the process of customs clearance is.  If you still doubt this, try clicking a few of the links and we will be able to welcome you to the rabbit hole.  It is your decision, but unless you feel completely confident with the process, our recommendation would be that you use an experienced forwarder or clearance agent to help you to navigate difficult waters.


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