Reviewed in August 2020. Content will be updated as negotiations develop.

Import and Export Declarations 

These videos will give you an understanding of the process of import and export declarations and may help you decide if it’s valuable to train a member of staff in this area or to seek the services of a customs agent / third party depending on resources and availability.

Import Declaration 

Your step-by-step guide to completing an import declaration

We are aware a number of documents are mentioned in this 13-minute video, for example, a packing list, invoices and shipping instructions.

It is recommended that you use these documents in conjunction with the video below.

Export Declaration 

Your step-by-step guide to completing an export declaration

We are aware a number of documents are mentioned in this 9-minute video, for example, a packing list, invoices and shipping instructions.

It is recommended that you use these documents in conjunction with the video below.

Options 

As part of preparations, businesses should consider how they will submit customs declarations and whether they should engage the services of freight forwarders, customs brokers or other intermediaries to support them with these possible new requirements. We’ve listed both these options with estimated costs.

Option 1: Using the Services of a Freight Forwarder or Customs Broker

These are only estimates and costs will vary depending on the service provider.

Import Declarations starting at approx. £50/€57 per declaration.

Export Declarations starting at approx. £25/€28 per declaration.

Please note, due to an increase in demand, it may be difficult to secure the services of a third party.

For a list of who offers this service, please see the links below.

Irish International Freight Association, list of members, click here.

British International Freight Association, list of members, click here.

HMG, list of customs agents and fast parcel operators, click here.

Option 2: DIY

This option includes buying the customs clearance software and completing your own declarations. This will involve up-skilling yourself and/or your workforce.

These are only estimates and costs will vary depending on the service provider.

A subscription-based offering, starting at approx. £60/€70 per month.

A yearly license approx. £200/€230 and approx. £2/€2.30 per entry to ‘transmit’ to Customs.

For the UK you may also need a gateway account, approx. £1000/€1150 per annum, the software for the UK and Ireland is not the same so you may need both.

Training on the software only starts at £950/€1100.

Required port charges (which again vary between ports are usually accessible on the websites of the ports).

– SUPPORT UPDATE –

UK Customs Grant Scheme
(from HMRC and PWC)

Businesses that complete customs declarations now have until 30th June 2021 (or earlier, if funding is fully allocated) to apply for grant funding to help them increase their capacity to do so. During the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU – from 1 February to 31 December 2020 – there will be no change to the way businesses trade with the EU. However, we recommend to businesses that they begin preparing now for future customs arrangements from 1 January 2021.

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