EXPP2040 - National Export System (NES) and authorisation procedures: overview of simplified procedures
There are 2 simplified export procedures which can be used by traders under the National Export System (NES) when exporting goods from the UK, Simplified Declaration Procedure (SDP) and Local Clearance Procedure (LCP).
SDP is a simplified export procedure which requires the exporter to obtain prior authorisation to use this scheme.
It involves a 2 part declaration but can only be used at Frontier locations. The first part of the procedure, the Pre Shipment Advice (PSA) requires the exporter to submit to Customs basic details of the export consignment.
Once the goods have been legally presented and Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) has accepted the declaration, permission to progress (P2P) is granted the goods may then be loaded for export shipment. The Supplementary declaration must be submitted within 14 days of the departure of the goods from the UK. The exporter must submit both parts of the declaration to Customs electronically using one of the available transmission routes. The same Declaration Unique Consignment Reference (DUCR) must be used on the PSA and the Supplementary Declaration.
SDP may be used to declare exports to Customs at UK ports and airports, and can also be used at DEP facilities as Customs consider these to be frontier locations. Exporters who want to operate SDP in their own name must obtain prior authorisation, should they not wish to be authorised themselves they will need to use an operator who is authorised.
LCP is a procedure where goods for export may be declared at the exporters, or other, approved inland premises. This procedure requires prior authorisation. Exporters may opt to make either a full declaration or use the simplified 2 part LCP procedure (ie a Pre Shipment Advice followed by a Supplementary Declaration). LCP may not be used at a DEP. Traders approved for LCP may still opt to use full declarations from their premises.
An exporter wishing to operate LCP in their own name must obtain Customs prior authorisation. An exporter wishing to use the benefits of LCP but does not want to be approved themselves will need the services of an operator who is authorised.
For exports of excise goods, only a warehouse keeper may be approved to operate LCP.
The exporter or the representative will need to submit an electronic notification to CHIEF ahead of the export.
All LCP export declarations must be entered to CHIEF electronically, indicating their arrival time at the approved LCP premises and their availability for Customs checks. At the 'goods available from' time CHIEF indicates to Customs the likely treatment of the export. At the 'goods available to' time the goods will either be cleared and be given Permission to Progress (P2P) or be selected for further checks.
Where New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is required to cover the movement of goods from the LCP premises the goods must not be removed until the NCTS documents have been authenticated. LCP operators who need to use Community Transit (CT) are strongly recommended to become an Authorised Consignor.
On arrival at the UK port of export a 'goods arrived' message must be entered on CHIEF when goods are being shipped direct to a third country. Goods covered by an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) or NCTS do not need to be re-arrived if exiting via other member states.
If the exporter is making a 2 part declaration the second part of the LCP declaration (the Supplementary Declaration) must be made within 14 days of the departure of the goods from the UK. They must submit both parts of the declaration to us electronically using one of the available transmission routes.