Shipping to United Kingdom

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Export Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to board 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.

  • T1
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + 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 proving 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 Number*

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
  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

* Originals to be submitted to Damco where necessary

FAQs

Q: What is the cost of Customs Clearance?
A: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

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.

Q: What is a Deferment Account?
A: 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.

Q: What if I do not have a Deferment Account?
A: You can apply for your own Deferment Account by contacting cdoenquiries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk 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.).

Q: What is an EORI Number and how do I get one?
A: An EORI (Economic Operators Registration & Identification System) Number is a unique reference number issued by Customs to Trader and is required to import or export goods. This is a one-time application; more information can be found upon https://www.gov.uk/eori 

Q: What is a classification number HS Code??
A: A classification number is a unique 10-digit code that relates to a specific product and determines the amount of Duty payable. The Trade Tariff link can provide help and useful tips to enable the customer to classify their products. https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
A: 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.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Our team at MyCustomsUK@Damco.com will email the customer with clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs and is free to leave the port, or board the outbound vessel.

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: Please contact MyCustomsUK@Damco.com

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Damco will raise your invoice for all your customs clearance activities.

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: Please contact our team at  MyCustomsUK@Damco.com

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
AEO = Authorized Economic Operator
T1 = Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
T2L = Document which confirms the EU status of the cargo

Demurrage and Detention

Cluster : Great Britain & Ireland Cluster
Country : United Kingdom
Direction : Export
Effective Date : 01/05/2017
Expiry Date : DD/MM/YYYY
Free time : Calendar day
Currency : GBP
Invoiced : Per container, per calendar day, per container size type

Export Detention (all UK ports/terminals including Belfast)

Equipment detention commences on and includes the day that the empty container is picked up and ends on the day that the full container is gated-in to the terminal/port.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat &  Open top REEF
Days 14 14 14

Tariff charges:

Days after gate- out empty 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 onwards 25 25 25 55 55 55 55

SOC are not subject to detention
NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Export Demurrage (all UK ports/terminals except Belfast)

Demurrage (including equipment & storage) commences on and includes the day that the container is gated-in full at the port/terminal (subject to gate-open/receiving limitations imposed by ports & terminals) and ends on the day that the container is loaded onto the vessel.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 10 10 10

Tariff charges:

Days after gate-in full 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
1 onwards 35 50 50 35 50 105 105

SOC are subject to export demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period
Reefer plug-in and monitoring/electricity charges are included in the demurrage charge

Export Demurrage (Belfast only)

Demurrage (including equipment & storage) commences on and includes the day that the container is gated-in full at the port/terminal (subject to gate-open/receiving limitations imposed by ports & terminals) and ends on the day that the container is loaded onto the vessel.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 14 14 10

Tariff charges:

Days after gate-in full 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
11 to 14 - - - - - 29 29
15 to 21 35 50 50 35 50 64 79
22 to 28 45 60 60 45 60 74 89
29 onwards 55 70 70 55 70 84 99

SOC are subject to export demurrage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period
Reefer plug-in and monitoring/electricity charges are included in the demurrage charge

Restrictions

Commodity: No specific restrictions apply.

Weight / Measurement: Transport of 40 high- cube containers depends on the port and destination and might not always be available. Check with the local Maersk inland service desk for details in case of query.

Max. road limitation: 44000kgs (combined weight of truck, chassis, container & cargo cannot exceed 44000kgs) and legal road limit is 25000kgs gross cargo weight.

Special cargoes: OOG, B/B & IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk approval procedures.

B/l clausing, documentation: No specific clausing required.

Special customs requirements: No specific requirements

Freight Collect Restrictions: view the list.

Services

Week Vessel Name Service Service code Port ETA Eth VGM Cutoff Container Number Cutoff IMO Cutoff Cargo (Quay) Cutoff AMS / SI Cut Off
2018 
52 MAERSK SALTORO ME1 403 GBFXS FRI - 07:00 SAT - 07:00 THU - 07:00 THU - 0800 THU - 11:00 FRI -00:01
52 MAERSK LAVRAS SAECS 278 MSK GBLGP FRI - 00:01 FRI - 1600 THU - 00:01 WED - 1100 THU - 04.00 THU - 18.00
52 METTE MAERSK AE1 435 MSK GBFXS THU - 0700 SAT - 1900 WED - 0700 WED - 0700 WED - 1100 THU - 00.01
52 CAP SAN NICOLAS Samba 102 GBLGP FRI - 02:00 Fri - 18:00 THU - 02:00 TUES - 07:00 TUE - 10:00 THU - 14:00
52 MSC RIFAYA AE7 437 MSK GBLGP FRI 1900 SAT 1900 THU 1900 THU 1200 THU 1600 FRI 1200
52 MAERSK HERRERA AE6 433 MSK GBFXS WED - 0700 THUR - 1500 TUE - 0700 TUE - 0800 TUE - 1100 WED - 0001
52 MSC MARGARITA TA2 822 MSK GBFXS WED 0200 THU 0200 TUE 0200 MON 1400 TUE 0600 TUE 1900 MON - 11:00
52 CAP BEATRICE Columbia Express 86W GBPME THU - 0700 FRI - 01:00 WED - 0700 MON - 0700 WED - 1100 WED - 2359 TUES - 1600
2019
1 MAERSK STADELHORN ME1 403 GBFXS FRI - 07:00 SAT - 07:00 THU - 07:00 THU - 0800 THU - 11:00 FRI -00:01
1 MOL PRESENCE SAECS 278 MSK GBLGP FRI - 00:01 FRI - 1600 THU - 00:01 WED - 1100 THU - 04.00 THU - 18.00
1 MSC MAYA AE1 435 MSK GBFXS THU - 0700 SAT - 1900 WED - 0700 WED - 0700 WED - 1100 THU - 00.01
1 MAERSK LANCO Samba 102 GBLGP FRI - 02:00 Fri - 18:00 THU - 02:00 TUES - 07:00 TUE - 10:00 THU - 14:00
1 MSC TINA AE7 437 MSK GBLGP FRI 1900 SAT 1900 THU 1900 THU 1200 THU 1600 FRI 1200
1 MSC GAIA AE6 433 MSK GBFXS WED - 0700 THUR - 1500 TUE - 0700 TUE - 0800 TUE - 1100 WED - 0001
1 WIDE BRAVO TA2 822 MSK GBFXS WED 0200 THU 0200 TUE 0200 MON 1400 TUE 0600 TUE 1900 MON - 11:00
1 HAMMONIA EMDEN Columbia Express 86W GBPME THU - 0700 FRI - 01:00 WED - 0700 MON - 0700 WED - 1100 WED - 2359 TUES - 1600

Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.