Apply to import items briefly to the UK


From 1 October, you will be unable to make import declarations on the Customs Dealing with of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.

In case you import items, you want use the Customs Declaration Service. It will probably take time on your companies to finish the transfer and the earlier you begin the simpler it is going to be.

In case you already make import declarations utilizing CHIEF, we now have transferred your current customs authorisations to the Customs Declaration Service. You do not want to use for a brand new authorisation to make use of the Customs Declaration Service in case you already maintain an energetic authorisation. This implies:

  • to make declarations on Customs Declaration Service, use the reference quantity we now have given you
  • your current authorisation letter stays legitimate

Discover out extra details about the Customs Declaration Service.

Items positioned beneath Short-term Admission are usually not meant to bear any change, besides regular depreciation attributable to the use they had been made for.

Who can apply

You’ll be able to apply in case you’re the individual utilizing the products otherwise you’re arranging for the products for use in your behalf.

Utilizing Short-term Admission in Nice Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) will rely on whether or not you’re established inside or exterior the UK.

Utilizing Short-term Admission in Northern Eire will rely on whether or not you’re established inside or exterior the customs territory of the EU.

You should additionally:

  • be financially solvent
  • have historical past of compliance with customs necessities
  • have (or be capable of hold) applicable data

You can not apply in case you’re a:

  • freight forwarder
  • quick parcel operator
  • customs agent

See the record of products, makes use of and situations.

Earlier than you apply

Earlier than you begin the applying course of, you’ll have to have the next data handy:

  • your Financial Operator Registration Indicator (EORI) quantity (until importing non-commercial items)
  • particulars of the place your data are or might be held
  • how the products might be acquired ― for instance imported as freight or submit
  • the place the products might be declared to Short-term Admission
  • whether or not you’ll be utilizing simplified declarations or not
  • particulars of your assure (if relevant)
  • the place your items might be used
  • how lengthy the products might be in UK


There are 6 forms of authorisation you may get to make use of Short-term Admission:

  • full
  • by declaration
  • an authorisation that covers the Northern Eire and the EU
  • retrospective
  • oral declaration
  • crossing the border ‘by another act’

Full authorisation

To use on-line for a full authorisation, you’ll have to have a Authorities Gateway consumer ID and password. In case you wouldn’t have a consumer ID, you possibly can create one while you apply.

Apply on-line for full authorisation.

In case you can’t do that on-line, you need to use the print and submit type.

It is best to apply a minimum of one month earlier than you begin importing as we want this time to course of your utility. If we want longer, we’ll contact you with a brand new date.

In case you’re making use of for authorisation in Northern Eire and Nice Britain, you must fill the shape out individually for every.

Authorisation by declaration

Authorisation by declaration is once we authorise you by accepting your import declaration on the border.

You can not use this if:

Authorisations protecting Northern Eire and the EU

These authorisations offer you cowl for all of your actions throughout Northern Eire and the EU. For instance, if items are being exhibited in Belfast, Paris after which Vienna.

There are 2 choices of both:

  • utilizing the authorisation by declaration methodology ― the declaration should be made to the place the place the products are for use first
  • finishing a full authorisation ― the applying should be made to the place the place the products are to be first used

In case your utility goes to be made to HMRC, it’s best to e mail: [email protected] together with your:

  • identify
  • contact e mail deal with
  • deal with of your Northern Eire operation
  • Financial Operator Registration and Identification quantity (XI Prefix)

We’ll reply inside 5 days and supply a hyperlink to the EU Dealer Portal the place you possibly can entry the applying type.

Retrospective authorisation

In particular conditions, you possibly can apply for authorisation after you’ve imported your items. That is known as a retrospective authorisation.

We’ll solely authorise you in case you’ve not been given a retrospective authorisation within the final 3 years.

You’ll want to point out us data that show that:

  • the products are eligible
  • you could have a enterprise want
  • you’ve adopted the Short-term Admission process

You’ll additionally have to ship us a:

  • letter saying why you want such a authorisation
  • record of imports you wish to embrace within the retrospective interval

The utmost interval for a retrospective authorisation is 12 months earlier than the date you apply.

In case you’re asking to retrospectively renew an expired authorisation, a retrospective authorisation may be backdated to the date that the earlier authorisation expired.

To use for a retrospective authorisation, you must have a Authorities Gateway consumer ID and password. In case you wouldn’t have a consumer ID, you possibly can create one the primary time you apply.

Apply on-line for full authorisation.

In case you can’t do that on-line, you need to use the print and submit type.

Learn how accessible our types are.

Authorisation by oral declaration

While you arrive on the border, you can also make an oral declaration by submitting type C108.

E-mail HMRC to ask for this kind in Welsh (Cymraeg).

It is best to current 2 printed copies of the finished type to UK Border Drive officers. Copy 2 might be returned to you.

Eligible items for oral declarations embrace:

  • pallets and their equipment
  • private results
  • sports activities items
  • medical, surgical and laboratory gear
  • reusable packaging
  • containers
  • radio and tv manufacturing and broadcasting gear (however pre-authorisation is required for these items, which implies that you should submit type C108 to us a minimum of 30 days earlier than the meant date of import)

In case you’re importing reusable packaging or containers, you can also make an oral declaration however you don’t want to finish type C108.

You might not should be pre-authorised by HMRC and also you’ll not often be required to supply a assure.

See the total record of eligible items, makes use of and situations.

Declarations by crossing the border ― ‘by another act’

The act of crossing the border counts as your declaration. You do not want to fill out any types. It will probably solely be used for particular items which have particular makes use of.

After you apply

Once we authorise you, you’ll get a letter that units out the authorisation situations.

Situations embrace issues like:

  • paying Customs Responsibility and different prices
  • protecting detailed data

It is best to write to the deal with in your letter in order for you your authorisation to be:

  • amended
  • renewed
  • cancelled

You must also write to us if there was a change to what you are promoting which can influence in your authorisation, resembling altering your buying and selling identify or being taken over by one other enterprise.

Different methods to pay much less responsibility or import VAT

Discover out extra details about different methods to:

Multi state authorisation

You’ll be able to solely apply for a multi state authorisation that covers websites in Northern Eire and the EU in case you’re established in Northern Eire.


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