Making a simplified frontier declaration


Last updated 27 September 2021

You must be authorised to use simplified procedures.

You can import your goods on a simplified frontier declaration except if your goods are:

  • imported under ATA procedures
  • imported under authorisation by declaration

Check the guidance on Ineligible goods and procedures to find out if you can use the simplified declaration procedure to declare your goods.

Find out about other declarations you can make when importing goods.

Before you submit

An entry summary declaration will normally have been lodged for your goods by the carrier while they were travelling to the UK and EU or, in some cases, before the goods were loaded.

You or your representative must present your goods to customs immediately on their arrival into the UK and EU.

If you’re using roll on roll off ports or other listed locations, you’ll need to make a simplified frontier declaration before your goods arrive.

You’ll also need to arrive your simplified frontier declaration on the system manually by 23:59 on the day after the day on which the goods arrived.

How to submit

You submit your simplified frontier declaration to Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system or the Customs Declaration Service.

The declaration will need the:

You also need to give information like:

  • departure point and destination
  • consignee and consignor
  • type, amount and packaging of your goods
  • transport methods and costs
  • currencies and valuation methods
  • certificates and licences

Find out the boxes you need to complete on your declaration in:

You’ll be sent a message through CHIEF or the Customs Declaration Service when customs have cleared your goods.

Controlled and restricted goods

You must enter restricted goods on your declaration as controlled. You will need to present your licence or certificate to release your goods.

You must also treat the following goods as controlled when using simplified declarations:

  • Agricultural Policy goods
  • excise goods
  • unmanufactured tobacco, not stemmed or stripped
  • unmanufactured tobacco, partly or wholly stemmed or stripped
  • tobacco refuse

After you submit

After you’ve submitted your simplified declaration, you’ll need to complete a supplementary declaration.