Freight forwarding and customs declarations may seem like complex topics, but they don’t have to be. In this blog post, we will explain what freight forwarding is and how it works, as well as what you need to do in order to make a customs declaration. We’ll also provide some tips on how to make the process easier for you and your business.
What is freight forwarding?
Freight forwarding is the process of arranging for the transport of goods on behalf of another party. This can include booking transportation, preparing documentation, and providing other support services. freight forwarders typically have a network of contacts in the shipping industry that they can rely on to get goods from point A to point B.
How does freight forwarding work?
When you use a freight forwarder, you will first need to provide them with some basic information about your shipment, including the origin and destination, as well as the type and quantity of goods being shipped. The freight forwarder will then find a carrier that can accommodate your shipment and arrange for the transport of your goods. Once your shipment arrives at its destination, the freight forwarder will provide you with the documentation you need to clear customs.
What is a customs declaration?
A customs declaration is a document that lists the details of your shipment, including the value of the goods being shipped, as well as any taxes or duties that need to be paid. In order to make a customs declaration, you will need to fill out a form and submit it to your freight forwarder.
Tips for making a customs declaration:
- Make sure you have all of the required information and documents before you start filling out the form.
- Enter all of the required information accurately and completely. Incomplete or inaccurate forms can delay your shipment.
- If you are unsure about any part of the form, be sure to ask your freight forwarder for help.
New Customs Declaration Service (CDS)
As of January 2021, a new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is being introduced in the UK. The CDS will replace the existing CHIEF system and will be used for all customs declarations, including those made by freight forwarders.
The CDS is designed to be more user-friendly than the previous system and will allow businesses to make declarations online, as well as via an app. If you use a freight forwarder, they will still be able to make declarations on your behalf, but more data will be required on every customs declaration for both import and export in the UK. It is therefore important to work with the right freight forwarding company that can manage Customs Declarations on your behalf.
Whether you want to ship goods by air, sea or road be sure to contact SSO International Freight Forwarding who can provide a comprehensive freight forwarding service for your business.