Incoterms Guide 2024


If you are importing or exporting goods, knowing your Incoterms is essential to understanding exactly who is responsible for what in the supply chain, and being able to arrange for things like loading, transportation and insurance cover, where applicable. The following guide will help to simplify the freight shipping process. We explain what is meant […]

UK Import Licence Guide 2024

UK import licence

If you plan to import goods or supplies into the UK from overseas, you’ll need to make sure that you comply with the most up-to-date rules and procedures relating to the UK’s import controls. This can include the requirement for either an import licence or import certificate. Below we look at the UK’s licensing requirements […]

Duty Deferment Account to Import

deferment account

When importing goods into Great Britain on a regular basis, having the ability to delay paying customs or tax charges due on those goods can be crucial to streamlining the customs process and improving cashflow. The following guide looks at duty deferment accounts and how these can be used to defer the payment of customs […]

What is a freight forwarder?

freight forwarder

As an overseas business looking to move goods in and out of the UK, important factors like packing, storage, insurance, tracking and documentation to clear customs can make trading with the UK challenging. Engaging the services of a freight forwarder can help to ensure your goods safely reach their intended destination in a timely and […]

Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight : CHIEF System

CHIEF system

The UK’s Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system is currently being retired. It will be fully replaced by the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) by 30 March 2024.  This article predates the closure of the CHIEF system. Please read our guide to the CDS to learn about making UK import declarations.   The following guide to the system […]

How to Make a UK Import Declaration

Import declaration

If you are bringing certain goods into the UK, you will need to make an import declaration. In this guide, we explain the rules on import declarations, when either bringing or receiving goods into the UK, outlining when and what type of declaration needs to be made to ensure customs compliance, and to make sure […]

UK Import Guide

uk import guide

If you are establishing UK-based operations and plan to start importing goods into the UK, you will need to familiarise yourself with the import rules. Failure to follow the rules, however unintentional, can lead to delays, additional expense and legal issues. In this guide, we summarise what businesses need to know about bringing goods into […]