If you are importing goods into the UK for the first time, you will need to understand ‘customs clearance’ and your responsibilities with regards to paying VAT & Duty on your import. As freight forwarders, we can handle your customs clearance for you.
If you do not yet have an EORI Number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) then you will need to contact HMRC to obtain one. This number will be used as a reference when dealing with any customs matters relating to your shipments. It is a requirement to have an EORI number when importing goods into the UK, and it is fairly straight forward to obtain one (generally it takes less than a week to obtain this through HMRC).
I have my EORI number, what else do I need to know? The following list details some other aspects you will need to know/have before you import your goods:
- Your EORI number for imports;
- C3 form (if your goods are not commercial – i.e. personal effects);
- Deferment Number (if you already have one existing with HMRC);
- A full description of your goods and a Customs Tariff Code (we can assist you with this).
What do I actually need on the day of import? In order for your goods to clear customs, you will need to have the following sent to us in advance of the import:
- The commercial invoice from the shipper of the goods;
- Certificate of Origin of the goods;
- Generalised System of Preference (if applicable).
These documents will not only allow us to proceed with customs clearance, but will also allow us to calculate the amount of VAT and duty payable (this can be worked out in advance if required).
If you choose us as your freight forwarder to handle your import into the UK, and decide for us to handle your VAT & duty payment to HMRC, we will require the cleared funds to be able to release your shipment.
If this sounds intimidating, then please do not despair! As experienced freight forwarders we are here to guide our customers through this process, and are happy to provide a “hand holding” service for those new to the process.
Give us a call today if you have any questions about your import shipment with us – Tel. 02392 756 575. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.