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13th October 2021

Declaration deadlines approaching for importers

New border controls have been introduced in stages for imports to Great Britain from the European Union since January 1 2021.

All imports to Great Britain have required custom declarations, though businesses bringing non-controlled goods into the country have been able to make use of supplementary declarations this year – a process which allows a business to delay sending the full information about its non-controlled goods by up to 175 days after import.

A supplementary declaration is an electronic message submitted to HMRC using the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CHIEF) or Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

The process follows either an entry in declarant’s records or a simplified frontier declaration which allows goods to clear customs and keep them moving. The supplementary declaration provides customs with more information about your goods, working out the VAT and Customs Duty that business is required to pay.

However, as full customs declarations and controls come into effect on January 1 2022, the option to delay declarations through the supplementary declarations process will no longer apply. After this date, businesses will need to choose to make full customs declarations when importing or to be authorised to make simplified declarations. Goods may not be allowed to travel to the UK if no customs declaration has been made.

As a dedicated customs intermediary, Chambers Wales can manage all HMRC declarations, ranging from full to supplementary declarations, through every port, handling the paperwork and logistics to keep goods moving and ensure compliance at every stage. With their fingers on the pulse, the specialist team can advise on the latest developments and changes in international trade regulations to ensure businesses in Wales are well prepared.

Chambers Wales also offer a wide range of international documentary services, including Certificates of Origin, ATA Carnets and EUR1s, as well as accredited British Chambers of Commerce training courses on importing requirements, in addition to the Foundation Award in International Trade.

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