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Entry Summary Declaration (ENS)

Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction If you are transporting goods into the United Kingdom, into Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom, or into Northern Ireland from a country outside the European Union, you must complete an entry summary declaration.   The declaration for your entry must be thorough and precise. You may update your declaration up to the point [...]

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Excise Movement and Control System

Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction The Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) is a computer system used throughout the United Kingdom and the European Union to track duty-free movements of excise items.   EMCS collects and processes information on the movements of duty suspended excise items online, verifies the data entered, and notifies users in real-time of the delivery [...]

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Designated Export Place (DEP) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction A Designated Export Place (DEP) is a location recognised by HMRC for the consolidation of export consignments and presentation to customs inland for clearance. This enables customs clearance of products prior to their removal to the port or airport for export. At the port or airport, normal procedures will continue to apply, including the [...]

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The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction The Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) is an online system for certifying the health of animals and tracking consignments of animal products entering or leaving the United Kingdom. TRACES is a web-based system administered by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection. It intends to simplify the paperwork associated with dealing [...]

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Customs Procedures Codes (CPCs)

Customs Procedure Codes (CPC) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction The customs procedure codes (CPCs) identify the customs and/or excise regimes which goods are being entered into and removed from (where this applies). The CPC is completed at export as well as import. CPC Format The CPC is based on a 2 digit community code which identifies a customs procedure, eg removal from warehouse, [...]

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UK Global Tariff (UKGT) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction UKGT applies to any goods imported into the UK from countries which the UK does not have a Free Trade Agreement in place, and which are not covered by any other specific exemption i.e. a tariff suspension. UKGT is a new regime that has been developed to meet the needs of the UK economy, [...]

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UK Certificate of Origin

UK Certificate of Origin | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction If you’re importing or exporting goods with a country that has a trade agreement with the UK, the goods are likely to have a reduced or nil rate of duty based on their origin.You’ll need to: prove to HMRC that you can claim preference for the goods you are importing give the person receiving [...]

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Binding Origin Information BOI

Binding Origin Information (BOI) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY

Introduction If you are unsure about the origin of your goods or simply want legal certainty, you may apply for Binding Origin Information. Binding Origin Information relates to a written decision that certifies the origin of your goods. BOI decisions are binding on the holder and on the UK customs authorities. They are normally valid [...]

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