How long does customs clearance take?
Experience shows that customs clearance can take between 12 and 24 hours, and can vary depending on the department's workload. In addition, the customs clearance process may take longer if the relevant documents are not available, if the documents are incorrect or if the goods need to be examined carefully.
What documents are required for customs clearance?
When importing goods, the certificate of origin and the import authorisation are considered to be the main customs documents. However, a certificate of conformity, a movement of goods declaration or an import control declaration may also be required for the import and export of goods.
How much does customs clearance cost?
In principle, the administrative costs of the customs authorities are free of charge. If special services are provided, charges are levied or expenses reimbursed on the basis of the Ordinance on Customs Fees.
What goods need to be cleared through customs?
Goods may be transported within the EU without restriction. However, if the goods cross the EU border, they must do so in accordance with the customs rules in force, which means that taxes are levied. The charges levied by the customs authorities are linked to EU regulations.
Can I clear customs myself?
Although the customs clearance procedure can be complicated, you can draw up and submit an import declaration yourself or via a logistics partner. Although EU customs authorities are linked by trade agreements, they still use different electronic platforms to prepare and submit import declarations, so the process can vary considerably from country to country. In addition, keeping track of changes in legislation and regulations can be time-consuming, which can lead to errors. The resulting complexity of customs clearance can lead to delays and high fines, which is why we would recommend carrying out this process with a specialist like us.