Customs Declaration

Every year, more than £12 trillion worth of goods are traded amongst the world’s nations in nearly every language on the globe.

How do customs and regulatory authorities know where the goods are coming from or going to, in order to control the flow of goods, ensure the safety and security of the country and collect the correct duty?

Within the EU Single Market, goods can move freely between member states. However, a customs declaration is required to accompany goods entering or leaving the EU Single Market.

As of 1st January 2021, the UK will no longer be part of the EU Single Market. Importers and Exporters of goods to and from the EU will have to make customs declarations.


Surrey Chambers of Commerce is proud to be part of the ChamberCustoms initiative.

ChamberCustoms will deliver a customs declaration service for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes, in every region of the United Kingdom.

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 and through UK freight forwarders, 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.

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
  • A wealth of international trade experience and expertise

We know that navigating trade documentation can be complicated. Please get in touch if you have any queries about trading internationally or want to find out more about customs declarations services.

Chamber Customs is available to all businesses, including non-members. Surrey Chambers, the county’s voice of business, has added the new Chamber Customs service to its wide range of international trade support and training services.

For more information, email or call 01483 735549.

‘Keep Control with ChamberCustoms’

Tariffs e-guide

Customs Declarations e-guide

Rules of Origin e-guide

UK Trade Tariff Website

Chamber Declaration Training

Is your business ready for 1/1/21 and the end of the transition period?

Are you a customs agent? Or does your company use customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU?

If so, you need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently.  The United Kingdom has already left the European Union but remains in the customs union during this transition period which ends on 31st December 2020. There will be new processes to follow and new forms to complete.

We can help.

Our training will highlight what you need to know to be able to accurately complete a simple customs declaration.



The Chamber of Commerce network has partnered with some of the leading industry experts to launch brand new Customs Declarations Training designed to prepare businesses and trade professionals for the future of trade.

The way we trade with the EU is about to change, introducing the need for forms and processes not previously required. Up-skilled people will be the key to continued success once the UK leaves the EU.

The Customs Declarations Training programme delivers flexible, bite-sized e-learning modules wherever you are.

Delegates:  anyone who needs an understanding of Customs regimes and how to complete a Customs declaration form.

Grant funding:  applications for HMRC training funding is available.

Course pre-requisites:  there are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course content is based on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Trade
  • Business Responsibilities
  • Export process
  • Import process
  • Valuation – explanation of the main methods and their application
  • Classification – determining the use of commodity codes
  • Using Customs Procedure Codes – use of appropriate CPCs
  • Export and import controls
  • Reliefs
  • Preferences
  • Customs simplified procedures – explanation of procedures and benefits

Assessment:  no formal exam will be taken however delegates will get to complete a short assessment of learning after each module.

Online e-learning:

Accredited Chamber members £190 + VAT | Non-members £230 + VAT

Registering interest: to register interest please email

‘Preparing for 1st January 2021’

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year. Check what new rules from January 2021 might affect your business and take action now.

UK Government Transition Website

UK Government Transition Online Checklist

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Customs Declarations

Customs Declarations are enormously important and a necessity for all businesses that import and export goods. This is particularly relevant as the UK leaves the EU, as goods will be subject to increased border checks and declarations are estimated to rise from 55 million to 300 million, following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. Businesses that import or export goods will need to comply with the rules and make declarations.

Link to ChamberCustoms webpage

Useful Links

The Tariff Schedule 

Tariff Classification Guides 

CHIEF – UK Trade Tariff Volume 3 

Europa Databases 

HMRC Website

HMRC Website

UK Trade Tariff Website