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Polcustoms LtD describes what has changed for businesses and explains how to find more information:

1. CHIEF: Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight. The HMRC centralized computer system that handles customs declarations. Introduced in the mid 90s. You can only access it via authorized software.

2. NES: National Export System – This is a front-end computer system, integrated with CHIEF,dedicated exclusively to handling customs declarations for export. NES has a basic web interface that traders can use directly.

3. CDS: Customs Declaration Service. The new computer system being gradually introduced to replace CHIEF. This is not due to be fully operational until after January 2021.

4. UCC: Union Customs Code. This is a European Customs legislation that defines rules to move goods between countries. Each member state adopts the UCC into their own legislation.

5. Tariff: A set of rules and regulations covering duty applicable and importation/exportation of goods. The UK Trade Tariff is split into three volumes and covers everything traders need to know about goods classification when dealing with import and export. Be aware that declaring information to Customs authorities carries a degree of liability. It is important to understand who’s responsible for deciding what should be declared. This involves choosing the correct commodity code to classify the goods; identifying the correct procedure to explain why the goods are moving; claiming specific preferential tariff treatment; or stating that a particular license is or is not required. Declaring incorrect information on a customs declaration may lead to non-compliance or even be considered fraud. For example, if the product imported from China is subject to anti-dumping duty, but the duty is not paid because the importer declares it as originating in India, this could be viewed as an attempt to avoid paying duty. Similarly, using an incorrect commodity code may be viewed as an attempt by the importer to defraud customs. Polcustoms LtD will work with importers to check that the documentation, and where necessary, licenses, are in place for the goods they are bringing into the UK. We will also make sure that the correct duty and taxes are paid, and no delays. Our services include any of all of the following: Checking the classification and valuation of your goods, and making sure we use the right commodity codes. Advising on any necessary licenses for import of restricted or hazardous goods. Preparation and submission of documents which have to be filed to clear customs processes. Helping with arrangement of correct payment of import duties and VAT if necessary.