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SSO International Forwarding provides a comprehensive customs clearance service that you can rely on. We understand that customs clearance is a complicated process and can be confusing, particularly if you are new to importing or exporting. We are here to assist with all aspects of customs clearance, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your business. We eliminate the risk of delay to ensure that your goods reach their destination on time.

What is customs clearance?

Customs clearance is a compulsory process for any goods that enter or leave a country. Custom authorities use it to account for any due charges while ensuring that the correct documentation is used. It allows customs authorities to monitor the goods which are leaving or entering the country and to ensure that prohibited substances are kept out.

Customs clearance requires the submission of a range of documentation and the payment of any duties. Additional costs for testing and storage by custom agents may also be levied. Customs clearance requires the preparation and submission of the correct documentation to ensure the smooth export and import of your goods into or out of a country. It is a crucial part of the shipping process and is necessary to enable the quick movement of goods across the globe.

Some of the documentation that is required includes:

Export Documentation

  • Purchase order from the buyer
  • Sales invoice
  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading or air waybill
  • Certificate of origin
  • Any other documentation as required by the buyer.
  • Any documentation required as outlined in a letter of credit from a financial institution.

Import Documentation

  • Purchase order
  • Sales invoice from the supplier
  • Bill of lading or air waybill
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of origin
  • The terms of a letter of credit or other documentation required by the buyer.
  • Certain items will also require an import or export licence, which places limits on the number of goods that can leave or enter a country over a certain period of time (typically a year). Licences are handed out by different government departments, depending on the nature of the goods.

How SSO International Forwarding can help

SSO International Forwarding provides a customs clearance service you can rely upon. We take the complexity out of the process, ensuring that all of the appropriate documentation is prepared and submitted in a timely manner. We take care of all the bureaucratic issues that can arise, giving you the confidence that your goods will safely pass customs and be able to transit onwards to their final destination.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Checking the valuation and classification of your goods.
  • Making sure the right commodity codes are used.
  • Liaising with customs authorities and other bodies on your behalf.
  • Provide advice on the licenses needed for the import of restricted or hazardous goods.
  • The preparation and submission of documents which need to be submitted to clear customs.
  • Facilitating the correct payment of import duties and VAT as required.

We are a trusted partner for a growing number of companies who are looking to expand and grow their business through importing and exporting goods to and from the UK.

Why use a customs clearance agent?

A customs broker takes the stress out of importing and exporting goods. We work with importers and exporters to ensure that the documentation, licenses and other documents are in place and correctly filled in. We make sure that the correct taxes and duties are paid. We take care of all the administrative details which can lead to delays. Using a customs clearance agent helps to keep your business moving.

Using a customs clearance agent gives you peace of mind and ensures that your shipment is completed according to the current legislation. There’s no need to spend time learning about the complex and constantly changing requirements involved with import and export.

You only have to deal with the customs broker rather than having to speak to a number of different government agencies. A customs clearance agent will ensure that you don’t inadvertently pay more duty or VAT than is necessary, as well as removing the risk of underpaying which can lead to fines and additional charges.

Your goods won’t be released by UK customs until all of the duty and VAT has been paid in full, and all your documentation has been submitted and is in order. A customs clearance agent eliminates the risk of serious delays and will also provide additional services, such as tracking your delivery as it moves from the point of origin.

A customs clearance agent is your partner in growing and developing your business through import and export.

Why use SSO International Forwarding for customs clearance

SSO International Forwarding is a trusted partner for companies of all sizes who are looking to import and export goods. We provide a bespoke service to companies, providing the support they need when they need it.

We are big enough to provide economies of scale that can make a real difference to your bottom line while remaining small enough to give every order our individual care and attention. We are always on hand with 24/7 clearance and support and aim to respond to emails within 12 minutes.

We use HMRC approved declaration systems and provide full visibility and clearance tracking on all shipments. We provide badge authorisation at all UK ports.

To find out more about customs clearance services from SSO International Forwarding fill out the form on our contact us page, call +44 (0) 1744 410178 or email today.