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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.

  • Import & Export Declarations
  • Simplified Procedures
  • Customs & Port Authority inspections
  • 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

Storage and combined demurrage & detention

Cluster: Great Britain & Ireland Cluster
Country: United Kingdom
Direction: Import
Effective Date: 01/01/2019
Expiry Date: DD/MM/YYYY               
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. 

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 5 5 5

Tariff charges:

Days after discharge 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45' DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
6 to 10 15 30 30 15 30 45 60
11 to 14 20 40 40 20 40 50 70
15 to 21 25 50 50 25 50 55 80
22 onwards 30 60 60 30 60 60 90

SOC are subject to storage 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

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.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 7 7 5

Tariff charges:

Days after discharge 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45' DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
6 to 7           30 30
8 to 14 21 21 21 21 21 50 50
15 to 21 31 31 31 31 31 60 60
22 to 28 41 41 41 41 41 70 70
29 onwards 51 51 51 51 51 80 80

SOC are subject to storage 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

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.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 9 9 9

Tariff charges:

Days after discharge 20' DRY 40' / 40'hc 45 DRY 20' Flat & Open top 40' Flat & Open top 20' REEF 40' REEF
10 to 14 20 30 30 30 50 30 50
15 to 21 40  70  70  50 90  60  110
22 to 28 60 110 110 70  130 90  170
29 onwards  80 150 150 90  170 120 230

SOC are not subject to detention
NOR will be charged as REEFER equipment
Holidays count unless they fall within the allowed free time period
Combined demurrage & detention will be invoiced as detention

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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.