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Making a simplified frontier declaration

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How to use the simplified declaration procedure when importing goods into the UK.

You must be authorised to use simplified procedures.

You can import your goods on a simplified frontier declaration unless your goods are imported under:

  • ATA procedures
  • authorisation by declaration

Check the guidance on ineligible goods and procedures to find out if you can use the simplified declaration procedure to declare your goods.

Before you submit

An entry summary declaration will normally have been lodged for your goods by the carrier while they were travelling to the UK or, in some cases, before the goods were loaded.

You or your representative must present your goods to customs immediately when they arrive in the UK.

When to submit

You’ll need to make a simplified frontier declaration before your goods board a vessel:

  • or train departing for a location that uses the Goods Vehicle Movement Service
  • departing for a location where pre-lodgement is needed

If the goods are arriving from Northern Ireland or Ireland, you need to manually submit your simplified frontier declaration on the system by 11:59pm on the day after the goods arrived.

You may be able to delay sending HMRC the full information by up to 175 days after import, for goods you bring into Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from Northern Ireland (if declarations are required) or Ireland.

For goods arriving at other locations:

  • your simplified frontier declaration must be made within 90 days of your goods being presented to customs
  • you may be able to make a declaration up to 30 days before the arrival of your goods, but it will only be formally accepted when they have actually arrived and been presented

How to submit

You must submit your simplified frontier declaration to the CHIEF system or the Customs Declaration Service.

The declaration will need the:

  • customs procedure code
  • commodity code if your goods are controlled

You also need to give the:

  • departure point and destination
  • consignee and consignor
  • type, amount and packaging of your goods
  • transport methods and costs
  • currencies and valuation methods
  • certificates and licences

Find out the boxes you need to complete on your declaration in:

  • Customs Handling of Import Export Freight ( CHIEF)
  • the Customs Declaration Service

You’ll be sent a message through CHIEF or the Customs Declaration Service when customs have cleared your goods.

Controlled and restricted goods

You must enter restricted goods on your declaration as controlled. You’ll need to present your licence or certificate to release your goods.

You must also treat the following goods as controlled if you use simplified declarations:

  • Agricultural Policy goods
  • excise goods
  • unmanufactured tobacco, not stemmed or stripped
  • unmanufactured tobacco, partly or wholly stemmed or stripped
  • tobacco refuse

If your goods move through a port using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service

You’ll need to enter ‘RRS01’ in:

  • box 44 for CHIEF
  • Data Element 2/2 for the Customs Declaration Service

If you do not, the Goods Vehicle Movement Service will not be able to validate it on the submitted Goods Movement Reference.

After you submit

After you’ve submitted your simplified frontier declaration, you’ll need to complete a supplementary declaration.

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