As ecommerce has grown substantially over the last few years and more and more people are buying goods from overseas, it has become increasingly necessary to improve the documentation of low value, single item goods being sent from one country to another, especially as the rules have tightened up between countries.
Similarly, there is more printed matter (personal correspondence, direct mail, magazines, etc.) being shipped between countries, that also needs clearing on arrival in the UK.
In order to import ecommerce items into any country they need to be checked, processed and cleared and any duties or taxes need to be collected (where applicable). Historically this was done by the bulking of imports (or Low Value Bulk Import – LVBI) but this does not comply with the Union Customs Code (UCC) which came into force in 2016, so LVBI is being withdrawn by December 2020.
A new adaptation of a service called Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP) is a customs process for importers, administered by HMRC, allowing for faster release of imported goods. This replaces period entry and period warehousing. Under CFSP, P2Pg – as your importer representative – can arrange clearance of goods via a simplified entry.
There are many benefits to CFSP, but the main advantage is instant clearance at the border.
Other advantages to using CFSP include: