UK Customs Clearance : Making your declarations in 2021

BGM has launched a new service to make export customs declarations on your behalf

Choosing a UK customs agency can be daunting, knowing who to trust with your cargo in a sea of customs clearance brokers is challenging to say the least. At BGM, we’re continually striving for excellence, providing our customers with innovative solutions that simplify the declaration process.

With this in mind, we have developed a new system that keeps all documentation securely online and accessible to customers, so you always meet HMRC rules. We will become your partner, helping you understand your commodity codes and customs procedures. We can help you understand the impact of the different shipping terms and make sure you have the right steps in place to mitigate the extra costs, keeping you competitive.

Our priority is providing our customers with an unrivalled customs service, setting ourselves apart from our competitors, with the goal of making the customs clearance process as simple and efficient as possible.

For more information, or to obtain a quote for this service, please complete our form.

    Customs Clearance & Declarations: How do they affect you?

    The clearance process is in place so that UK Customs and Excise can monitor goods leaving or entering the UK, whilst ensuring said goods conform to EU law and legislation. The processes involved and documentation required to achieve customs clearance are complicated, and knowing which export taxes and duties are relevant to complete a declaration is specialist knowledge.

    To streamline the process, we have developed a new system that enables us to make customs declarations on your behalf. Our skilled staff ensure your documents are presented accurately and stored securely online, so that you’re always compliant with HMRC regulations and can access your documents at any time.

    Remember; whether you’re shipping or receiving goods from abroad – you are legally responsible for all customs declarations. They are a compulsory procedure that must be complete and accurate to achieve legal status. Inaccuracies in your submission or a lack of evidence to prove you applied correctly could land you with a hefty fine, or even worse.

    BGM Logistics are an experienced customs clearance agent, perfectly placed to act as an intermediary between your goods for import/export and HM Customs. Taking the onus off your company and allowing you to concentrate on business, rather than logistics.

    It’s worth considering how the criteria for customs declarations have changed over the course of the last twelve months. Whilst much of the legislation still stands, knowing which laws have changed and which apply to your business can be difficult to say the least. That’s why utilising an experienced customs broker, who knows the customs declaration process intimately, will save you time and money.

    Five import / export considerations from BGM Logistics: customs agents in the UK

    • Obtain an EORI number – This is essential, enabling HMRC to identify you when shipping abroad.
    • Understand what the commodity codes are for your products – Commodity Codes identify your products to HMRC and tell you if you need a licence or if there are regulations in place for your products. It also determines the level of duty that applies to goods coming into the country.
    • Understand what customs procedures you may need to use – The onus is on you to know which procedures apply to your business and products. If you’re unsure, get in touch with the experts – we can help you.
    • Renegotiate with Suppliers and Customers – All shipments to and from the EU have been made on DDU or Ex-works terms. If you continue to sell on DDU without taking steps to mitigate the costs, you will suffer a 20% VAT bill, and duty charges that you may not be able to get back.
    • Make sure record keeping is in place to meet HMRC requirements – If and when goods are exported, you will need to be able to prove to HMRC this happened. Otherwise you’ll face a VAT bill and possibly a fine. Having the right documents to hand that HMRC will accept as proof of export is essential.