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Avoiding Royal Mail Customs processing


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Declaring the goods yourself

As the importer you can carry out your own Customs procedures. If you want to do this, you will need to ensure the sender clearly marks the Customs declaration form (CN22 or CN23) 'goods to be Customs cleared by the importer'. Do not write on the wrapping. If the Customs declaration form (CN22 or CN23) is not marked in this way by the sender, the goods will be cleared by customs in the normal way; once goods have been Customs cleared you cannot then retrospectively apply to self clear them


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For items that have been marked for clearance by the importer, a full declaration will be sent to you to complete and return to the appropriate customs postal office.

They will calculate any import charges and write and advise you of your tax liability.

When you have paid this and the funds have been cleared, your goods will be released for delivery.

This can be useful for importing gold bullion where no vat is due

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You will need the correct commodity code!  They will not give you the code and if you get the wrong it is your fault hard luck.  

The codes I have are as follows, just remember you should check with HMRC before you buy. I take no responsibility for the codes.   


7118900000 + footnote 03005 

Do not use the Gold for industrial use or in industrial form code 

Anyone who rings HMRC please let us know as I have rang them a few times and they are getting fed up of me.  

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