Duties, Taxes and Customs

Duties, Taxes and Customs

International trade can be confusing at first. If you don’t know your commodity codes from your HS codes and are struggling with customs documentation then don’t worry, you’ll find all the answers here.

Just like when you go abroad and you need to pass through Customs, your goods and products will need to do the same.

The main roles and responsibilities of Customs:

  • Collecting duties and taxes
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Enabling trade agreements
  • Enabling duty relief schemes
  • Enforcing embargos
  • Protecting against illegal substances
  • Protecting against counterfeiting
  • Collecting trade statistics

Customs clearance is generally only required if you are trading beyond the EU, but some exceptions apply. To ensure the Customs clearance process goes smoothly you will need to provide shipping paperwork such as invoices and waybills. Depending on the types of products you send, you may also need to include export and import declarations and licences.

DHL can also help you to cut through the administration and quickly help make sure you are customs compliant. We have a dedicated customs department located centrally at East Midlands Airport where our experienced team are able to service all your import, export and customs requirements.

  • DHL Express is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO certified) for both customs and security
  • More than 250,000 formal import customs declarations are processed each month
  • DHL Express employs more than 100 customs declarants to handle the complexity of customs clearance for its customers
  • We also complete over 90,000 formal export declarations each month

Customs Requirements

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Commercial Invoices

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Pro-forma Invoices

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Customs Documentation

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Destination Duties & Taxes

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