ChamberCustoms (delivered by the Chamber network and Sussex Chamber) delivers 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 of the market leader in this sector
  • A wealth of international trade experience and expertise from across the trusted Chamber of Commerce network UK.


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. Email:




Click here to see the website and find further information in this brochure. 








A T1 is a transit document which allows for goods which originated outside the European Union to move freely within the European Union.


The main benefit is that no customs duties or taxes are payable as the shipment moves from one country to the next within the European Union.

This is the case until the shipment arrives at its intended final destination.


Goods destined for a European Union destination (Sweden for example) arriving into a UK sea port from outside the European Union (India for example) do not have to be customs cleared and duty paid on arrival at the UK port if a T1 document is in place.


Instead the goods would be customs cleared in the country of destination (Sweden in this scenario) with any import duties and taxes being paid at the local rates applicable in Sweden rather than the UK.


Using our reliable and accurate transit documentation service, we can ensure the smooth and compliant transit of your goods across the EU.


We have a strong partnership that allows us to offer you an integrated service comprising Export and Transit documentation at the same time.


ChamberCustoms will create Transit Declarations on your behalf using SGS TransitNet.

TransitNet is a global transit service offered to approved clients, where SGS acts as Principal* (holder of the procedure) with Customs and ChamberCustoms will be your agent.

  • ChamberCustoms will submit and monitor Transit declarations on your behalf
  • ChamberCustoms will arrange comprehensive bank guarantees through SGS to cover your goods
  • TransitNet operates under EU CT regulations and principles


During the onboarding procedure, we will have gathered information about your company, its trading activities and its directors.

It is possible that in due course we will require additional information, especially in the case of large shipments requiring a high level of guarantee.


Useful Information




If you’ve not opted to become a Registered Consignor, you will have to start your transit from a port or inland Customs location.


You have two options:

  • For standard departures, you can use a Customs Office from this list

Please enter the relevant Ref No. (which starts with GB) onto the instruction form.


  • For simplified departures, where the movement cannot start at your premises, you can use a more convenient location from one of our

These locations attract an additional fee of £12.50.

  • Ashford – Ashford International Truckstop, Waterbrook Ave, Ashford, TN24 0GB
  • MOTIS – Freight Clearance Centre Western Docks, Lord Warden Square, Dover, CT17 9DH




The Customs Office of Transit is the entry point into the EU. We will require this information and depends on the route your driver is taking into Europe. We can help you with this information if you aren’t sure so please don’t hesitate to contact ChamberCustoms for advice.




The Customs Office of Destination is the customs office your driver will go to close the transit declaration. This could also be the customs office your consignee is linked to. Your first port of call should be to your client to ask for this information. If they don’t give you the information, we can help – but we will ask you to confirm that you are happy to use this office.

Standard Procedure

The transit process:


  • Exporter requests Export Declaration + Transit Movement to ChamberCustoms
  • ChamberCustoms prepares Export (EX) declaration and Transit (T1) declaration
  • ChamberCustoms will choose Customs office of departure as GB000060
  • The data is sent to HMRC
  • ChamberCustoms will produce a draft T1 showing a valid LRN
  • Driver should alert the Inland Border Facility before attending through this link:
  • The driver may attend any of the inland customs
  • On arrival at the inland location, the driver should present the LRN or the group of LRN’s and the commercial documents (invoice, CMR and EX)
  • HMRC will check the details of the LRN against the documents and process it
  • If no issues, HMRC will assign the declaration an MRN per declaration
  • Before releasing the truck for transit, HMRC may decide to control the truck (the driver will be informed accordingly).
  • If the results of the control are satisfactory, the cargo will be released for transit and the TAD will be generated
  • At this point, HMRC will provide the driver with a copy of the printed Transit Accompanying Document (TAD) – in case of groupage driver must verify he received all printed TADs
  • The driver may continue their journey to the EU remembering to register their MRNs in the relevant EU port system if necessary (Contact ChamberCustoms for support if needed)
  • The driver must report to the Office of Transit when entering a new Customs Territory
  • The driver must finally discharge the Transit movement at the Office of Destination


Inland customs facilities


There are a number of inland customs offices where it is possible to start transit declarations in Great Britain and where drivers can present themselves at customs (except Dover). These locations are 24/7 and operate 365 days a year.

You can find more information about the location of these inland border facilities at the below link: border-facility


Drivers can check the availability of these locations at the below link:





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 are the key to continued training success once the UK leaves the EU.


The Customs Declarations Training programme delivers flexible, bite-sized e-learning modules, classroom courses, and virtual classroom sessions.


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


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 simulated forms to ensure they can complete simple customs declarations correctly.


Click here to book this course 


Please see our training courses for further information - we also offer chamber customs e-learning.





Customs Duty



From 1 January 2021, there will be new rates of Customs Duty for imports - called the UK Global Tariff. To check the tariffs that will apply to different categories of imported goods, please see


It is important to be ready for these changes. Some practical actions to take now include:


  • Obtaining an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, which will be required when trading with the EU post Brexit. It is free to obtain an EORI number and you can do so by visiting



Alternatively email with your enquiry.



  • Checking the UK Global tariff to see the rate of Customs Duty that is likely to apply to the goods you import.





Further materials from HMRC to support business preparedness




HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to all VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021.


They have also published additional materials which may be of use to your members including:


short information videos;

decision trees on importing and exporting processes;

step by step guide to importing; and

step by step guide to exporting.



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