Entry Summary Declaration (ENS)

Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) | CUSTOMS ACRONYMS & GLOSSARY


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 at which your goods reach the UK border.


To submit your declaration, you must be registered with the S&S GB service for the importation of goods into the United Kingdom (England, Scotland and Wales)


From 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2022, you are not required to file an entry summary declaration for items imported into the United Kingdom from the European Union.


If you are using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service, you must submit the entry summary declaration as soon as possible. This allows the Movement Reference Number from the entry summary declaration to be captured in the Goods Movement Reference, which will be authenticated during check-in by the carrier.


For short straits journeys, import declarations for safety and security must be made at least two hours prior to arrival for both containerized and non-containerized items.

Documents Required for Submitting an ENS:

  • Description of goods or commodity code

  • Both the consignor and the consignee

  • The nature, quantity, and packaging of your items

  • At the border, the mode of conveyance

  • Particulars of the subsequent journey

Steps After Submitting Your ENS

Upon acceptance of your entry summary declaration, you will be assigned a Movement Reference Number. You should determine whether a port use an inventory-linked, If a port is not inventory-lined, a Goods Movement Reference must be created using the Goods Vehicle Movement Service.

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