Chamber Customs Declarations Enabling International Trade

Chamber Customs Declarations

ChamberCustoms is a customs declaration service delivered by the Chamber for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes.




With our extensive knowledge, reputation and first-class service in facilitating international trade, we can take the hassle out of your hands when it comes to exporting and importing goods.

The service is offered direct to businesses, ensuring that customs clearance is accurate, timely and avoids additional costs through delays or errors. 

With direct links to the HMRC Customs handling system and all inventory linked ports, we can ensure that your goods, no matter where they enter or leave the UK, will be cleared for onward transportation smoothly.  We can help you keep your time sensitive supply chains, moving efficiently and economically.

What we offer:

  • A high level of compliance and assurance for customers
  • Confidence on tariff and data entry to remove fiscal risk; backed by the technical expertise of the market leader in this sector
  • A wealth of international trade experience and expertise from your trusted Chamber of Commerce network in the UK.

Remember, HMRC grants are currently available for businesses that will be required to complete declarations. The grants can be used towards the cost of training, recruitment and IT equipment. Find out more here.

Please get in touch if you have any queries about trading internationally or want to find out more about customs declarations services.

What is a Customs Declaration?

A customs declaration (or C88 SAD) is the paperwork that is required to get goods through customs. Previously goods that moved around the EU did not require a customs declaration due to free movement of goods. However, from 1 January 2021 a customs declaration will be required for all EU Imports and Exports. Click here for more information.

Currently the UK completes around 55 Million customs declarations a year. After the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 (which the Government have consistently said will not be extended) this number is expected to increase to around 300 million.

UK General Tariff

The Government has recently released the UK General Tariff (UKGT) which will apply to imported goods from 1 January 2021.  This new tariff will replace the EU’s current Common External Tariff and will apply to the vast majority of imports into the UK.  In particular, it will apply to imports from the EU which have previously been tariff free. Find out more here.

Getting ready for 1/1/21

  • Will your current customs agent be able to cope with a six-fold increase in declarations?
  • Do you know if they are completing accurate declarations on your behalf?
  • Are your agents able to clear goods through every seaport and airport in the UK?
  • What would the impact be on your business of delays at the port?
  • If you only currently trade with Europe do you now need help with your export and import documentation requirements?

We know that navigating trade documentation can be complicated.

The Chamber would advise all businesses to put plans into place now to ensure that they will be able to trade with the EU after 31 December 2020. 

Please get in touch if you have any queries about trading internationally or want to find out more about customs declarations services.