UK customs clearance services

We have been providing a fully comprehensive customs clearance service to clients across all UK entry and exit point since 1984. As a HMRC AEO accredited agent our dedicated team of customs experts adhere to the highest standards of compliance, this coupled with CCT’s custom service principles means we offer best in class services for our clients.

  • 24/7 customs clearance service available
  • AEO Accredited agent
  • Clearance at all UK entry/exit points
  • Clearance for sea, road and air freight shipments

Customs Tariff Codes Update

Every 5 years the World Customs Organisation (WCO), based in Brussels, releases their general review of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonised System or HS). The latest review is due and we will get an updated system of HS codes in Jan 22.

The International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS Convention) underpins the Tariff schedules of more than 200 countries around the world. The HS Nomenclature serves as a uniform classification of goods traded internationally. 

The HS Nomenclature covers Chapter, Heading and Subheading, taking the HS code to six digits. Our own UK government adds a further two digits for exports and four digits for imports, to make up our UK Trade Tariff commodity codes. These extra digits are used to create and maintain Duty Tariffs, Domestic Taxes, Trade Policies, Rules of Origin, Monitoring of Controlled Goods and Price Monitoring.

From 1 January 2022 we can expect many changes to our own UK Trade Tariff, which of course takes the commodity codes from the HS Nomenclature. We await full details of the changes from HMRC in December and , In the meantime, the 6-digit correlation tables can be accessed on the WCO website here:

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In addition, the full HS Nomenclature 2022 edition can be accessed on the WCO website:

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UK Customs requirements

All UK based import and export companies are required to complete customs declarations upon cargo arrival in to or despatch from the UK. CCT has a dedicated Customs Compliance Department guiding cargo owners through the sometimes-complicated customs process.

Customs audits that ensure compliance

CCT also provide bonded warehousing, enabling you to store your cargo during the customs process. Find out more about our bonded warehousing provisioning here.

What’s more, you can also make use of CCT’s container haulage and road freight services to deliver your cargo from port to anywhere in the UK and throughout Europe.

CCT has a dedicated Customs clearance UK port Compliance Department guiding cargo owners through the sometimes complicated customs process for UK Ports.