Shipping to United Kingdom

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Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Import Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery.

A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.

  • Full Import customs clearance
  • Simplified customs clearance
  • Customs & Port Authority inspections
  • T1
  • 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 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?
Answer : 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?
Answer : 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.

Q: What is an EORI Number and how do I get one?
Answer : 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  https://www.gov.uk/eori 

Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
Answer : 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. https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff

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

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
Answer : Please contact our team at MyCustomsUK@Damco.com

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
Answer : 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?
Answer : Please contact our team at MyCustomsUK@Damco.com

Q: What is a Deferment Account?
Answer : 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?
Answer : 
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.)

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

Storage and combined demurrage & detention

Area : United Kingdom & Ireland Area
Country : United Kingdom
Direction : Import
Effective Date : 01/07/2019
Expiry Date : Until further notice 
Free time : Calendar day
Currency : GBP
Invoiced : Per container, per calendar day, per container size type

Import Storage (all UK ports/terminals except Belfast)

Storage commences on and includes the day that the full container is discharged at the port and ends on the day that the container is gated-out for delivery from the last terminal/port.

Days 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45' DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
1 to 5 free free free free free free free
6 to 10 15 30 30 15 30 50 65
11 to 14 20 40 40 20 40 55 75
15 to 21 30 60 60 30 60 65 85
22 onwards 45 90 90 45 90 80 125

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Reefer storage includes plug-in/electricity charges
SOC are subject to storage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Import Storage (Belfast only)

Storage commences on and includes the day that the full container is discharged at the port and ends on the day that the container is gated-out for delivery from the last terminal/port.

Days 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45' DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
1 to 5 free free free free free free free
6 to 7 free free free free free 75 75
8 to 14 21 21 21 21 21 75 75
15 to 21 31 31 31 31 31 85 85
22 to 28 41 41 41 41 41 95 95
29 onwards 51 51 51 51 51 105 105

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
Reefer storage includes plug-in/electricity charges
SOC are subject to storage at the rate applicable to the equipment size/type 
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Import Demurrage & Detention (all UK ports/terminals)

Combined equipment demurrage and detention commences on and includes the day that the full container is discharged at the port and ends on the day that the empty container is gated-in at the terminal/port.

Days 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45 DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
1 to 7 free free free free free free free
8 to 14 20 40 40 30 50 40 60
15 to 21 40 80 80 50 90 80 120
22 to 28 60 120 120 70 130 120 180
29 onwards 80 160 160 90 170 160 240

NOR will be charged as DRY equipment
SOC will not be subject to demurrage/detention
Combined demurrage & detention will be invoiced as detention
New Year, Easter and Christmas holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period

Contact us

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.