How Does The Customs Process Work For A Standard Import?

No two cases will be exactly the same, but please see our flowchart below for a guide to how a simple import works, with step by step process.

Step 1

Order your goods

Step 2

Send your paperwork (Invoice  / Packing List / Transport Document)

Step 3

We create customs declaration and documents. Register the import with the relevant customs system, and declare and VAT / Duty payable

Step 4

Customs paperwork sent to yourself (and transport / haulier). Documents will often need to travel with the cargo

Step 5

Goods arrive in UK, clear customs, paperwork may be checked and updated – finally goods arrive at destination