CUSTOMS BUREAU

Customs Bureau

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Customs is a complex subject, and when not prioritised, leads to additional risks and costs. Without outsourcing your customs to the experts, there is a strong risk of heavy fines from customs. Centralising your customs requirements with SSO means your customs requirements will be compliant and managed at the hands of an experienced customs bureau. The benefits of this will guarantee:

 

  • Your customs fees and rates are set

  • Your HMRC compliance is guaranteed

  • Customs clearances times are guaranteed and visible for every shipment

  • All declarations are declared through a HMRC approved declaration system

  • All customs issues that arise are dealt with by professionals, and will not lead to an onward effect to your supply chain

  • All shipments are cleared end-to-end in the EU and worldwide by SSO

Customs Clearance

What is customs clearance? Customs clearance is a compulsory process for any goods entering or leaving a country. It requires the submission of various export and import documentation, as well as the payment of duties, VAT and any additional costs such as storage and testing by customs agents.

At SSO, we take the hassle of customs away. Both in the UK and abroad, SSO manage the full end-to-end

clearance of all your shipments and provide you with monthly visibility of this.

 

We offer:

 

  • Badge authorisations at all UK ports 

  • 24/7 clearance and support

  • HMRC approved declaration systems

  • Full visibility and clearance tracking on all shipments

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Compliance

Without your customs clearances going through an established Customs Bureau, your compliance is at risk. Due to new post-Brexit regulations, it has never been more important to ensure that HMRC requirements are met on every movement which requires customs. HMRC require all traders to ensure correct classifications, data input to customs, and full document retention for 5 years.

 

SSO International Forwarding manages this compliance as part of the in-house customs service. Without the assistance of an experienced customs team, you will be at risk of overpaying duty, as well as falling short of these requirements.

Errors in compliance are costly and we make sure that our clients don’t fall foul of customs authorities.

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CDS: with less than 5 months to go until the new CDS customs system is a requirement for all traders, is your business ready? CDS means 50% more data will be required on every customs declaration for both import and export in the UK. The SSOIF Customs Bureau has already mitigated the switch to CDS and offers free advice on what this means for your business. If you would like to know more, get in touch!

 

EU Import Border Checks: Currently, full border checks from EU - UK have been postponed to aid post-Brexit supply chain issues. From the 1st January these checks will be implemented. This means there is a much higher risk that your goods will be subject to HMRC checks, whether it be a document check or a physical check. SSOIF are here to advise on what this means for your business, and assist in taking this hassle away from your supply chain.

Why Choose SSO International Forwarding?

Customs is a complex subject, and when not prioritised, can lead to additional risks and costs. Without the correct focus, there is a strong risk of heavy fines from customs authorities. By centralising your customs requirements with SSO International Forwarding you can ensure that your customs requirements will be compliant and managed by the hands of an experienced customs bureau.

 

The benefits of our customs service will guarantee:

 

 

  • Your customs fees and rates are set

  • Your HMRC compliance is secured

  • Customs clearances times are guaranteed and visible for every shipment

  • All declarations are declared through an HMRC approved declaration system

  • All customs issues that arise are dealt with by professionals, and will not lead to an onward effect on your supply chain

  • All shipments are cleared end-to-end in the EU and worldwide by SSO International Forwarding.

 

 

We get your goods through customs as quickly as possible. We understand the international processes involved and work hard to ensure that there are no admin delays. We place a priority on making sure that you have everything you need prior to shipping.

 

When you attempt to handle customs issues yourself there is always the risk of errors that may result in delays.  We eradicate the risk of delays which can result in delay charges being incurred adding unnecessary costs to your shipping.

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CDS: with less than 5 months to go until the new CDS customs system is a requirement for all traders, is your business ready? CDS means 50% more data will be required on every customs declaration for both import and export in the UK. The SSOIF Customs Bureau has already mitigated the switch to CDS and offers free advice on what this means for your business. If you would like to know more, get in touch!

 

EU Import Border Checks: Currently, full border checks from EU - UK have been postponed to aid post-Brexit supply chain issues. From the 1st January these checks will be implemented. This means there is a much higher risk that your goods will be subject to HMRC checks, whether it be a document check or a physical check. SSOIF are here to advise on what this means for your business, and assist in taking this hassle away from your supply chain.

A Comprehensive Customs Bureau Service

At SSO International Forwarding, we understand that dealing with customs authorities and border requirements are some of the most challenging aspects of international trade. If you are new to importing and exporting your goods as you look to move into new markets the complexities of customs can feel like a major barrier to your plans.

 

Our Customs Bureau provides a total customs service for your business. We can act as a customs broker on your behalf, ensuring that every last detail is taken care of and that your goods reach their destination in a timely manner.

 

We work with importers and exporters to ensure that their customs documentation and any necessary licences are in place for the goods they are moving across international borders. We also ensure that the correct taxes and duties are paid to reduce any delays.

 

We check the valuation and classification of your goods, making certain that the right commodity codes have been applied. Errors when it comes to codes are one of the leading causes of problems at the border which can lead to delays. We will also advise on whether any necessary licences are required for the import of hazardous or restricted goods.

 

We will calculate import duties and other taxes that will be required to be paid and arrange for their correct payment. We make sure that you are fully compliant with taxation regulations while ensuring that you do not inadvertently end up paying more than is necessary to transport your goods. Our customs service makes this aspect of your business trouble-free.

 

We will also liaise with government agencies and customs authorities on your behalf to make sure that any problems that arise are dealt with swiftly.

 

In short, we provide a one-stop shop for handling the entire customs process for your business. When you contract out the customs element of the transportation of your goods to SSO International Forwarding you not only have peace of mind that everything is taken care of, you also save yourself money and free up time to concentrate on other aspects of your business.

 

If you’re a business looking to move into new international markets or source goods from overseas, then our customs bureau service will make the transition simpler.

946

CONTAINERS
SHIPPED

3.2M

TOTAL MILES
TRAVELLED

34

AVERAGE DAYS
AT SEA