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WHICH COUNTRIES ARE PART
OF THE CUSTOMS TERRITORY?

The EU Customs Territory is made up of the 27 EU Member States. The Territory extends to the following countries:

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus  

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark  

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France  

  • Germany  

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Ireland

  • Italy  

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain  

  • Sweden

The U.K is no longer a part of the European Union and is now considered a third country.
A Customs Declaration is still required for imports into, and exports from, the U.K, and this will continue to be a requirement once the withdrawal transition period ends on 31st December 2020.

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WHO CAN APPLY FOR A
CUSTOMS DECLARATION

Customs Declarations can be made by exporters, or a third party can be nominated to submit the declaration application on the exporter’s behalf. Any party who wishes to submit a Customs Declaration must be granted access to the Customs online platform, CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight). With effect from 2021, the CHIEF system is due to be replaced with a new system, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

Due to the time, expertise and staff training implications of direct submission, many exporters opt to nominate a third-party agent to handle the complex submission of their Customs Declarations, saving time and resources for other essential tasks.