Customs declarations for goods you bring or receive into the UK


If you’re a UK-based business bringing or receiving goods from outside of the EU, you must complete an import declaration to get your goods through customs.

Completing a customs declaration can be complicated and you’ll need compatible software to do it. You may want to get someone to deal with customs for you or find a customs training provider to help you.

How to submit

Most declarations are submitted electronically through Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. If you’re going to do this yourself, rather than appoint an agent, you’ll need to:

There are different rules for:

When to submit

You must normally submit a full declaration at the time the goods enter the UK, unless you’re putting them into temporary storage.

But it’s a different process if you’re using simplified declarations procedures.

First published 18 November 2020