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Posted Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:54:36 GMT by Ray Gordon
Looking for some help in the simplest terms! The fast parcel operators to handle all the declarations. I have a question regarding an import procedure from Jan 1st. We currently do a lot of business with a German company who ship the goods directly to our UK customers (3rd party Consignee). We provide the delivery documentation to the German company and then invoice our customer directly. The German company invoices us directly and we make the correct VAT and ESL declarations. From 1st Jan we would like the German company to continue delivering directly to UK Consignees, but now we need to correctly account for import VAT (postponed) and possibly duty (if no trade deal) to avoid the Consignee being charged. What details/process do we need to provide to accomplish this because we are the importer and obviously we do not want our customers seeing invoices from the German company to us? The invoice from us to the customer (at a higher value) is not the correct import document. All I can think of is that we: 1. Provide the German company with our standard delivery note (from us to the Consignee) additionally stating the we are the importer, plus 2. Provide the courier invoices from the German company to us (the importer) which state our EORI etc.. The courier will handle all import declarations. Thanks!
Posted Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:33:38 GMT by HM Government Admin1
Thank you for your post.
A person may make a Customs declaration in respect of goods if the person is able to present goods to Customs on import or if they are able to secure that the goods are presented to Customs on import. For many types of declaration however the declarant has to be UK established, in which case a non-UK established person would need to appoint a UK established agent to make a declaration. If two or more persons are capable of making a declaration for goods they will need clear agreement about the responsibilities of each when making the declaration. On who is liable the answer is set out in guidance here. Who is liable The person or organisation who made the customs declaration relating to the goods being imported is liable for the customs debt (the debtor). If you are the declarant but use an agent or representative to make a customs declaration on your behalf, they may be liable depending on the type of representation.

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