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Customs Clearance FAQs

Welcome to the Customs Clearance FAQs! Whether you’re a seasoned importer/exporter or just starting out, understanding the ins and outs of customs clearance is crucial. That’s why we’re here to provide you with comprehensive answers to your most pressing questions, ensuring that your goods move seamlessly across borders.

Customs Clearance FAQs

What is Customs Clearance?

Customs Clearance is the act of declaring goods to the relevant customs authority so they can enter or leave the country. The Customs Clearance Document details all the relevant information for the movement of the goods and ensures that the correct VAT / Duty / Excise / Tariffs are paid.

How long does it take to clear Customs?

Providing the correct documents are provided, preparing a Customs Clearance document should take a maximum of a few hours. However, incorrect or missing information can cause delays in the correct preparation of the Customs documents.

When the goods arrive at the Port / Airport, the local Customs Authority can choose to inspect the goods or immediately clear them. If the Customs Office chooses to inspect the goods, depending on the type of goods, the clearance usually takes from 30 minutes to a few hours.

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What documents are required for Customs Clearance?

While there’s no set formula for Customs Clearance Documents, some of the key paperwork you’ll need includes:

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Import and Export licences (when applicable)
  • Customs value declaration
  • Packing slip
  • Freight documents / Shipping information

Depending on the origin and type of goods you may also need:

  • Certificate of Origin
  • ATR Certificate – Used in trade between the UK / EU and Turkey to benefit from reduced Duty rates.
  • Phytosanitary Certificate – for plants or goods of a plant origin.
  • Veterinary Certificate
  • Export Health Certificate – For exporting live animals from the UK to the EU, non EU countries and Northern Ireland

What is a Customs Broker?

A Customs Broker, also known as a Customs Agent or a Clearance Agent, is an accredited agent who assists in the process of clearing goods to be imported and exported through Customs. It is recommended to have a Customs Broker help you prepare your paperwork to ensure the smooth transition of your goods.

How Do I Contact a Customs Agent to arrange Customs Clearance?

It is recommended to contact a Customs Agent as soon as you have the details for your shipment. There are many Clearance Agents who offer similar services but it is important to choose an Agent who has the experience and knowledge to clear your goods.

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When is Customs Clearance needed?

Customs clearance is typically required whenever goods across international borders. It ensures that imported or exported items comply with the laws and regulations of the destination or departure country. It’s necessary for both commercial and personal shipments. Goods moving between certain countries with Free Trade agreements, such as the Schengen Zone, may not be required to submit Customs Declarations. It is always worth speaking with a local customs agent if you are in doubt.

What Happens After Customs Clearance?

After successful customs clearance, your goods are officially authorized for entry into the destination country or departure from the origin country. As your trusted customs clearance partner, we ensure a seamless transition for your shipment. Rest assured, our expertise and dedication ensure that your goods continue their journey smoothly and efficiently.

How does Transfer of Residence (TOR) Relief / Moving to Ireland work?

The Transfer of Residence (TOR) Relief program in Ireland is a significant initiative enabling individuals moving their primary residence to the country to import personal belongings and household goods exempt from customs duties or Value Added Tax (VAT)

This relief program is designed to alleviate the financial strain of international relocations.

To be eligible for TOR Relief, you will require the following documents:

  1. Proof of Residence: Demonstrate that you are transitioning your primary residence to Ireland. This could entail presenting a lease or purchase agreement for your new Irish residence.
  2. Proof of Previous Residence: Provide documentation indicating that you resided outside of Ireland for a minimum of 12 consecutive months before relocating.
  3. Inventory of Goods: Present an itemized list of all items you plan to import under the TOR Relief program.
  4. Declaration of Compliance: Affirm that all provided information is truthful, and the imported goods are intended strictly for personal use.

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How to Import/export a car from the UK into Ireland/Europe?

The most convenient choice is to reach out to Customs Complete and let us manage all the paperwork on your behalf. However, if you prefer to handle it independently, you can find detailed information below.

Importing a motor vehicle from Great Britain (GB/UK) into the Republic of Ireland requires registering the vehicle within the initial 30 calendar days after arrival. However, there are exceptions to this regulation, which are outlined here.

Upon registration, you’ll be liable to pay a vehicle registration tax. For comprehensive information on Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) applicable to imported vehicles in the Republic of Ireland, please follow the provided link.

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