Customs Declarations

From 1 January 2021 any UK businesses involved with importing or exporting goods will have to declare their shipments to HMRC. This is done in form of a customs declaration, an official document, which lists exactly what is being imported or exported and provides information required to evaluate the safety and security aspects of the goods as well as to calculate and collect any applicable duty and VAT.

LCCI is part of ChamberCustoms - a brokerage service designed to help businesses to comply with import and export rules and lodge their customs declarations.

Custom Changes

New rules for imports to the UK from the EU comes into effect from 1 January 2022. 

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LCCI is part of ChamberCustoms, the customs brokerage service from Chambers of Commerce in the UK. With our extensive knowledge, reputation, and first-class service in facilitating international trade, we can take the hassle out of your hands when it comes to exporting and importing goods. The service ensures that customs clearance is accurate, timely and avoids additional costs through delays or errors. 

What are customs declarations and why are they important?

Customs declarations are legally-required forms which are used to accompany goods that are entering or leaving a market. 

It is businesses’ responsibility to declare all movements of goods to HMRC promptly and accurately. This includes obtaining any applicable licences, permits and compliance with quotas. Incorrect declarations can lead to delays in clearing goods through ports and potential punitive action by HMRC.


Why choose LCCI customs declaration service?

  • It is the only customs broker in the country with direct links to all air, sea and road port terminals in the UK.
  • We can access faster duty and VAT payments through our deferment account and make duty and VAT payments to HMRC on your behalf.
  • This service sits alongside our regular export documentation offer of Certificates of Origin, Movement Certificates (for claiming preference) and other documentation required in international trade.
  • It is staffed by an experienced customs declaration team with experience in a wide range of sectors and transport modes.

What information is required for export entry?

  • Commercial invoice and packing list
  • Any applicable certificates or licences
  • Your EORI number
  • Tariff / commodity code for the goods
  • Customs Procedure Code
  • Port of exit
  • Name of the vessel, flight number or registration number for the vehicle

What information is required for import entry?

  • Commercial invoice and packing list
  • Any applicable certificates, permits or licences
  • Your EORI number
  • FAS – Flexible Accounting System - details
  • Tariff/commodity code for the goods
  • Customs Procedure Code
  • Name of the vessel, flight number or registration number for the vehicle
  • Port of arrival
  • Shipping and insurance costs

How much will it cost?

Registration to LCCI's customs declarations service is free of charge. Costs will vary with the type of service required and the complexity of the declaration.

For example, mixed consignments will take longer to declare and may involve multiple certificates or permits. Export declaration fees start from £20.00 + VAT and Import fees from £45.00 + VAT per customs entry. Additional charges may apply depending on the service required.

Other LCCI services

We run a number of services at the Chamber which you may find useful for your business:

Export Documentation
EU Exit Hub
Events and Training Courses
Arbitration and Mediation
Policy and Campaigning 

New: GMR Registration Service

GMR is a Customs reference that is required for entry to UK and EU ports for goods travelling by road and sea. This service is for Traders who are transporting the goods by themselves using a GVMS Port.

Please note if you are using a freight forwarder to move your goods, then the GMR will be obtained by them. The charge for this service is £10 + VAT per GMR.

Complete your GMR service request

Interested in the service? Register today.

Click here to complete a short online form with your details. Once your form is submitted, a member of our Customs Declarations team will in touch to finalise the registration process.

Customs Procedures Consultancy Service

Our in-house Customs Procedures experts work closely with HMRC to ensure companies stay compliant with the latest rules and regulations. We have created a range of service packages to suit your trading requirements, from introductory guidance to bespoke consultancy services.


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