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Logistics customs clearance

You can rely on Green Leaves Logistics to adapt our import and export customs clearance services to ever-changing customs regulations and to help keep you legally compliant at all times.

With many decades experience completing import and export customs declarations and formalities, we have a complete understanding of all the processes involved with customs clearance.

We will work with you to ensure that everything is in place for your import and export goods to move smoothly across the globe.

Green Leaves Logistics can help you adapt to recent changes, ensuring you continue to have a smooth, stress-free experience when importing and exporting goods.

Customs Declaration Service

In 2018, the UK government began a sweeping change of the import/export customs system by introducing the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) platform. For 25 years previously, the system used was Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF).

With CDS estimated to be able to handle more than four times the number of declarations as CHIEF per year, and with Brexit looming, the decision was made to upgrade the UK’s customs system.

Both systems have been utilised in a dual approach by HMRC, but the CHIEF platform is expected to switched off after November 2023.

Due to this, it’s essential for all importers and exporters to become familiar with CDS, including the completion of additional paperwork and regulations.

Brexit – Import/Export Paperwork and Regulations for the movement of goods between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and the European Union (EU)

  • Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI):

    A valid EORI number is required for both the seller and buyer to be able to send/receive shipments.

  • UK Tariff codes:
    All of your products have to be classified with tariff codes.
  • Export/import licence or control:
    Certain products require additional licences or control measures, such as Health Certificates for products of animal origin (POAO).
  • Customs Procedure Code (CPC):
    CPCs are used to identify a customs procedure and the excise regimes for where goods are being removed from/entered into.
  • Rules of origin:

    A check whether goods qualify as having UK or EU origin.

  • Customs duty:

    Preferential status makes goods subject to preferential/lower rates, where duty is applicable. Goods failing to qualify for preferential status would be subject to standard duty rates, where duty is applicable.

Our import and export customs clearance service includes:

  • Nationwide and global import and export customs clearance

  • Fast turnaround

  • Post entry monitoring and reporting

  • Tariff (commodity code) classification

  • Standard and special customs procedures

  • My GL online management

  • Consultancy

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