Customs Declarations are enormously important and a necessity for all businesses that import and export goods. We can help by making your customs declarations for you.
Paperwork related to imports and exports is complex and can be confusing. To add to the difficulty, goods will be subject to increased border checks now that we have left the EU, with any one of 26 government agencies taking an interest.
As an importer or exporter, making a declaration requires you to understand everything about the goods you are clearing from a customs perspective.
Out of Hours ChamberCustoms
Since 1 January 2022 we have noticed that many EU imports/exports are travelling across the borders under inventory linking, and many of these shipments are travelling overnight. Now that your goods have to be pre-lodged before arriving at the border, this means that if cargo inventory linking is required and the manifest is not raised until after 5.00pm, your goods will not be permitted to cross the border in the arriving country because we only usually operate a 9.00am-5.00pm service Monday-Friday. This may result in you incurring port charges and demurrage costs, particularly if goods are coming in over the weekend and will be held for more than a few hours.
On this basis, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce have put in place procedures for us to ensure any shipments going out overnight or at the weekend are covered by us on an ‘Out of Hours Service’. The cost of this will be an additional £10.00 (plus VAT)*. As long as we are provided with the customs declaration instructions by 3.00pm on the day of shipment (or by 3.00pm Friday if a weekend shipment) we will be able to process the declaration and claim inventory out of hours, ensuring your goods can cross the borders smoothly.
*additional costs may be applied if the information supplied to us for claiming inventory is incorrect, or other amendments are required to clear goods.
To be able to do this, you must ensure that you are providing the relevant container number, shipping vessel details and where possible the bill of lading number. This information is required in addition to any other information you would normally provide us.