1. Transit Declarations
Electronically Submit The Declaration To Customs
In the preparation stage you will have decided if you will be submitting your own transit declarations or have someone work on your behalf to do this. It is in this step where you or an agent submits the transit declaration and associated documents (if necessary). Customs declaration are followed up by a transit declaration which contains information about the goods so they can be clearly identified, if needed. A bank guarantee is usually required cover possible liabilities. You must submit the electronic declaration to customs, using a customs software package. Alternatively, an agent can submit the declaration on your behalf.
2. Transit Documents
Documents Required During Transit
During the preparation stage you’ll have decided if you’ll be transporting your goods or have an agent act on your behalf. If you choose to transport your own goods, you’ll need personal and vehicle documents. These include a valid driving license, if based in Northern Ireland you’ll need a green card from your insurance provider as proof of insurance. If you’re not the owner of the vehicle a letter headed permission is required from the business. Regardless of who is transporting your goods, you’ll also need to have access to trade documents. These may include invoices and packing list, certificates of origin, import/export declarations, licences or letters of credit. If you have chosen to have an agent work on your behalf, they’ll help with this.
3. Inspection Process (If Required)
Physical Or Documentation Checks
Depending on your goods, customs authorities may need to carry out checks. In most cases, goods are essentially pre-cleared via customs declarations. However, some physical or documentation checks may still be required to prove that certain tests have been completed, for example, checks on animals and animal products. It’s important to be aware of the timings and the impact this may have on your estimated time of arrivals of goods.