Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)



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 explains how to get authorisation to use CFSP, the CFSP payment and security requirements and using CFSP agents.