Many importers rely on their freight agents to make the declaration to Customs on their behalf. This is despite the fact that it is the importer who negotiates the terms of the supply and has the specific product knowledge.
The freight agent’s principal role is to ensure that the goods are transported from one location to another in the most efficient and timely way. The customs declaration is only a small part of the import process but can have the greatest impact, particularly if the wrong information results in delay or penalty.
We believe that importers should seek specialist advice to ensure that the customs declaration is correct.
To this end and as part of the review, Charlton House will review all processes and provide ongoing advice to both the importer and their freight agent on all aspects of the customs import process.
Where possible, Charlton House will obtain binding rulings from Customs to ensure accuracy in respect of product classification, valuation and origin. The objective will be to reduce duty costs and make ongoing savings. This may also involve looking at other countries into which the goods are imported or processed, analysing processing arrangements within the EU and identifying opportunities to suspend duty altogether.