Guide

Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)

Introduction

Administered by HMRC, Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP) is an electronic customs system for imported third country goods. It allows faster release of goods from countries that are not members of the European Community at the frontier or inland, the use of simpler customs declarations and cashflow benefits to importers.

CFSP isn't compulsory but you may find it useful. There are two CFSP procedures. The Simplified Declaration Procedure (SDP) is used for releasing goods at the frontier to most customs procedures. This may be useful if you are importing perishable goods. The Local Clearance Procedure (LCP) is used for moving goods from the frontier to storage and then releasing them to a customs procedure. This guide shows you how to become authorised for CFSP, how its accounting systems and customs procedures work, whether an agent could help you, and how to find expert help.

The information contained in this guide is detailed. For additional detailed and intermediate guidance, see our section on customs declarations.