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Clarksons offers streamlined customs clearance services that help you navigate the complexities of maritime customs procedures with ease. Whether you're a multinational corporation or a local business, our team is dedicated to ensuring your goods move effortlessly across borders, avoiding delays, unnecessary costs, and compliance pitfalls.

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100%

of customs clearance requests completed

Our maritime Customs team is able to handle a wide variety of import and export customs clearance requests.

15+

Dedicated customs experts

Based in Belfast, our specialists ensure your goods are cleared in a timely manner with minimal disruption to business.

AEO

Status

We’re Authorised Economic Operators, working to the highest standards to help you complete your customs declarations.

Customs clearance consultancy

Clarksons’ Customs Consultancy service provides specialist expertise and assistance to individuals, businesses, and organisations engaged in international trade activities. Our primary goal is to guide clients through the complex and ever-changing shipping customs clearance regulations, procedures, and compliance requirements of different countries. So whether you are an importer, exporter, freight forwarder, or other stakeholders involved in cross-border trade, Clarksons offers a reliable, cost effective maritime customs service that can help your business achieve its goals.

Clarksons’ customs agents are known for their knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to delivering quality service. Our fully trained team is on-hand to ensure the seamless clearance of products in and out of the UK, helping keep your business moving. Shipping customs clearance issues can be complex, which is why we provide step-by-step guidance and a comprehensive range of maritime customs services, alleviating the stress associated with clearing your goods.

We can assist you in completing customs declarations and ensuring accurate paperwork for the timely and efficient clearance of your goods. And your dedicated customs agent will keep you informed about regulation changes to ensure your shipment complies with all applicable laws. Additionally, our AEO certification by HMRC provides an extra layer of assurance.

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Market-leading support across the following areas:

 

1. Customs compliance and regulations

Clarksons ensures you understand and comply with the customs laws, regulations, and procedures of the various countries you operate in. Whether you’re importing or exporting we help you meet all necessary legal requirements to avoid penalties and delays.

 

2. Tariff classification

Clarksons’ customs consultants can help you accurately classify products under the Harmonized System (HS) to calculate the correct customs duties and taxes.

 

3. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Our customs consultants can advise you on when and how to use preferential trade agreements and FTAs to benefit from reduced or zero tariffs for eligible products.


4. Import and export documentation

We help you prepare and review import / export paperwork to ensure everything is accurate and compliant with customs requirements.

 

5. Customs planning

Clarksons develops strategies to optimise your customs duties, taxes, and overall supply chain costs, while still complying with relevant customs regulations.

 

6. Customs audit and risk assessment

We carry out customs audits and risk assessments to identify potential compliance issues and areas where you can improve your customs processes.

 

7. Special procedures and AEO authorisation

Are you looking to obtain Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status? Clarksons can help you meet the robust security and compliance criteria in order to obtain these certifications and take advantage of the associated trade benefits.

 

8. Customs training and education

We offer training programs and workshops to help businesses and individuals understand customs regulations and best practices.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A customs declaration, or Single Administrative Document (SAD), is a document that provides proof of an import or export. Each SAD is approved by the customs department and is the only valid document proving an import or export operation. Whether you are a large multinational company, a small business or an individual, a customs declaration is required for all goods you import into the UK customs territory across international borders. The customs declaration will list the detail of all the goods being imported in the shipment and is essential for the traceability of movements.

In the UK, all applicable tariffs are paid to HMRC. The importer usually has to pay the customs tariffs before their goods can be released. Payment can be made via your customs agent to HMRC to speed up the process.

You will need the following information in order to appoint your customs clearance broker:

  • EORI number – Your Economic Operators Registration & Identification number will be assigned by HMRC and this will need to be quoted on your customs entry declarations.
  • Commodity codes – All goods are allocated their own 10-digit number, which can be found on the UK Trade Tariff website. This code determines the applicable duty and VAT charges.
  • CPC – The Customs Procedure Code indicates the relevant customs procedure regime showing where goods have come from and to where they are being entered. 

Clarksons’ expert Customs Clearance team can guide you through the process of obtaining this information.

You will need to provide the following information in order for us to process your customs clearance application:

  • Completed Customs Entry Instruction (CEI) form – we will email this to you for completion when you appoint Clarksons as your approved broker.
  • Authority for Customs Clearance Agent document – we will email this to you for completion, along with your CEI form.
  • Method for paying taxes – for example a DDA. You need to pay customs duty once goods arrive in the UK. You can pay HMRC directly or use a Postponed VAT Accounting Deferment Account (PVA).
  • Commercial invoice – this must give details of the invoice number, names and address of the buyer and seller, country of origin of the goods, a brief description of the goods, their value, net and gross weights, and number of packages.
  • Packing list – a full description of goods, package type, quantity of goods, quantity of packaging, net weight, plus any supplementary information required in relation to the goods’ specific tariff type commodity code.
  • Bill of Lading / Delivery note / Consignment note (CMR) – you can get this from your commercial carrier.
  • Certificate of origin (if applicable) - widely used in international trade transactions, this document certifies the product listed has met certain criteria.
  • Export Health Certificate (EHC) – this official document confirms your export meets the health requirements of the destination country. You must apply for an EHC if you’re exporting/moving goods that derive from animal products from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) to, or through the EU, non-EU countries, or Northern Ireland (NI). If the goods are transiting through an EU country, you will also need a transit EHC.
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