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Customs processes are there to screen trade levels between nations, help keep up national security, additionally for financial purposes. Contingent upon the type of commodity, country of origin, and the country of destination, products may, or may not, be liable to prohibitions, restrictions, and also the application of duties / taxes.
An export licence from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills may be required for certain goods being exported to certain countries.
The computer system used by the United Kingdom's revenue and customs services, HMRC, is called ‘CHIEF’ (Customs Handling of Import & Export Freight).
The CHIEF system manages both the declaration and movement of goods imported and exported of the United Kingdom and is used in the fashion of how UK traders correspond with partner customs systems in the other member states of the European Union. It additionally manages the movement of goods over EU borders in the instance that the moved cargo belongs to a UK party.
For the majority of export & import customs clearances, you may only need the following documentation in order to continue directly or through an agent:
Bill of Lading / Sea Waybill, Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Certificate Of Origin (Import only and if required), EUR1 / ATR Certificate (Import only and if required), GSP Certificate (Import only and if required),
There are various different types of both export & import customs clearances and procedures, please use the following link for a detailed guide direct from ‘HM Revenue & Customs’:
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