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Companies urged to complete import declarations as deadline approaches

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Catherine Stephens


As the deadline nears for making a full declaration for EU imports that arrived after December 31 last year, Business West is urging companies to get prepared to submit their ‘supplementary declarations’ if they did not do so at the time of import.

A supplementary declaration is an electronic message submitted to HMRC using the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CHIEF) or Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

Businesses will need to make a supplementary declaration after they’ve made an entry in their own declarations – known as ‘entry in declarant’s records’ or EIDR or if they’ve made a simplified frontier declaration or simplified declaration procedure.

Firms make these declarations into their commercial records and delay sending HMRC the full information about their goods by up to 175 days from the date of import.

Catherine Stephens (pictured) head of international trade services at Business West said: “It is crucial that companies who chose to delay their important declarations act now to ensure that they do not incur fines or face prosecution.

“The deadline for the full completion of these documents for businesses whose goods arrived after December 31, 2020 is June 25, and if businesses need support with these, they should get in touch with us without delay.

“Our expert team with years of experience in completing export documentation, will ensure that all paperwork is completed accurately.”

More information on the process and what the declarations must include can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-an-import-supplementary-declaration

Business West is authorised by HMRC to process supplementary customs declarations and will ensure that all the correct information is submitted. Any mistakes or errors in declarations could incur penalties or fines. Companies can find more information on Business West's Customs Declarations service at https://www.businesswest.co.uk/export/export-documentation/customs-documents

Business West is also running Customs Declaration Training for firms that prefer to complete their customs declarations themselves. Details can be found at https://www.businesswest.co.uk/export/export-documentation/customs-declaration-training