Customs House Brokerage in United Kingdom
Our Customs House Brokerage services can help you with the complexities of border controls and customs regulations. For import and export cargos. At both - origin and destination.
Import customs clearance
Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery.
- Full Import customs clearance
- Simplified customs clearance
- Customs & Port Authority inspections
Export customs clearance
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & be exported outside of the EU.
A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.
- T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance
* Only with customs clearance
Additional Custom House Brokerage services
- Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
- Peak Volume Management Programme– Assistance with daily Customs House Brokerage activities when the customer needs it most.
- Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins.
- Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.
* Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Damco.
What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?
Signed Direct Representation Letter
Please read, print & sign on company letter headed paper, and return to Damco. This document is providing Damco permission from you, to complete CHB on your behalf.
Mandatory documents required
- Signed Direct Rep Letter
- Commercial invoice(s)
- Packing list(s)
- Classification Number / HS code
EORI (Economic Operators Registration & Identification System) Number – is required to complete customs clearance. Please refer to the FAQ Section for more details
Additional documents (where applicable)*
- Copy of the Bill of Lading
- Health Certificates
- Preference Certificates
* Originals to be submitted to Damco where necessary.
For Abbreviations & Explanations, please check shipping terms.
The cost will vary depending on the type of declaration required and will be displayed within the booking stage, Alternatively please do not hesitate to contact MyCustomsUK@Damco.com
A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.
An EORI (Economic Operators Registration Identification System) Number is a unique reference number issued by Customs to the Importer and is required to import goods from outside the EU. This is a one-time application, more information can be found upon here.
A classification number is a unique 10 digit code that relates to your specific product and determines the amount of Duty payable. The Trade Tariff link can provide help and useful tips to enable you to classify your products. Click here.
As the importer/exporter it’s your legal responsibility to ensure classification of your products are correct. However, if you’re unsure please do not hesitate to contact MyCustomsUK@Damco.com who can assist you in an advisory capacity.
Our team at MyCustomsUK@Damco.com will email you with your clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs and is free to leave the port, or board the outbound vessel.
Damco will raise your invoice for all your customs clearance activities.
A deferment account is an account registered with Customs, which allows the customer to make Duty & VAT payments to HMRC in a secure way. This initiates a smoother, quicker customs clearance, avoiding additional delays.
You can apply for your own Deferment Account by contacting email@example.com. Alternatively, you can pay through FAS (Flexible Accounting System) or contact Damco at MyCustomsUK@Damco.com to seek approval to use theirs. (This is subject to a % transactional charge, and credit checks may be required.)