However you transact with us today, the objective is to get the necessary documentation and information onto our system, which will then be passed on to the correct authorities for you.
A full step by step walkthrough of this process is below.
If you are moving goods into or out of the UK, you will need a UK EORI number – if you do not already have one, you can apply here. If your business is also responsible for completing the import declaration when the goods are imported into the EU, you will also need an EU EORI number which you can obtain from the customs authority in the EU country where you submit your first customs declaration. You only need to register once for each.
Determine whether you will submit import and/or export declarations to each customs authority yourself or whether you will use a forwarder or customs agent for this. You must decide with your supply-chain partners as to who is responsible for the relevant declaration documentation.
Make your booking in the same way you always have, whether this is via: EDI, an online credit account, an authorised auto list, the new Pay ‘n Go web and app or whether you just turn up at the port. Depending on the type of goods you are carrying, you may need to submit additional information about your booking, consignment and goods.
Pre-lodge an export declaration with HMRC and an import declaration with French Customs, as well as the necessary entry summary declaration (ENS) in the French Import Control System (ICS). It is compulsory for all hauliers carrying goods from the Dover to Calais to complete the ENS/ICS declarations or risk a 300-3000 EURO fine from the French Authorities. Through our digital solutions partner, CNS, we can offer a new low-cost and easy to use solution to help you obtain the necessary ENS/ICS declarations and avoid any risk of fines. Click here to create and submit the declarations.
If you are transporting an empty unit, then for the French import, this can be declared at check-in, there is no requirement for a formal declaration into French Customs systems to be made. For multiple consignments please create an envelope of declarations, or ‘enveloppe logistique’, here.
If you are despatching a lorry that contains animal or plant products, you should ensure that the driver has the necessary health certificate(s).