AEO: Authorised Economic Operator
- An internationally recognised status awarded by Customs
- We were awarded this status in 2019, which recognises our internal processes as reliable, meaning we are a ‘trusted trader’.
- After the Brexit transition period, AEO will become more desirable as the Customs guarantee ensures our trusted trader status will require fewer checks.
CCI: Customs Clearance Information
- Information to be provided by the shipper/importer, to provide clearance information to us.
CFSP (EIDR): Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (Entry In Declarant’s Record)
- A customs system that allows faster release of goods at the customs clearance destination
- In order to use this system, customers must have a deferment account and a trading reference number.
- A UK import entry (customs declaration).
- A plain paper document normally submitted electronically with a number of electronic responses following its transmission.
EAD: Export Accompanying Document
- Also referred to as an EX or EX1 in mainland Europe (not to be confused with EUR1 or T1)
- In order to export goods from the Customs territory, an EAD export declaration must be created – who makes it depends on the Incoterms.
EORI number: Economic Operators registration and Identification number
- From 1 January, all traders must have an EORI number beginning with GB in order to trade between the UK and the EU.
- Check if you have a GB EORI number here
- If you’re VAT registered, you should have received your EORI number directly from HMRC, but if you haven’t you can apply here.
EXS: Exit Summary Declaration
- This is created by the EAD and alerts the export border that the shipment is on its way.
- It allows HMRC (and Border Force) to decide if they want to stop the vehicle for additional checks.
- An agent who is appointed to pay for VAT and possible duty in a shipment’s destination country. Read more in our blog post here.
- These taxes must be paid in the relevant customs territory – so if you’re based in the UK, and you’re paying taxes in the EU, they’ll act on your behalf.
GMR number: Goods Movement Reference number
- The final number which is asked for by the clearance agent in order for the trucks to get onto the ferry.
- This is generated by a combination of documents uploaded to the GVMS.
GVMS: Goods Vehicle Movement Service (Smart Freight Portal)
- This is not yet confirmed.
- A software that amalgamates all the numbers and information together in order for drivers to move between countries – it combines everything electronically.
- This allows it to create the GMR number.
- The terms which establish who pays for duty, VAT, freight and clearance costs. Read more in our blog post here.
- DAP – delivery at place.
- DDP – delivery duty paid.
- FCA – free carrier.
Letter of appointment of a Direct (or indirect) Customs Agent
- Known in EU as Direct/Indirect Representative
- Sometimes an agent is appointed to act on behalf of a customer – in order to ‘officially’ be represented, you must complete and sign a letter of appointment of a Customs Agent.
- Direct Customs Agent: agent acts in the customer’s name. If there’s an error, the customer is liable (unless it’s the agent’s fault, in which case there’s joint liability).
- Indirect Customs Agent: agent acts in their own name, on behalf of the customer. If there’s an error, they are jointly liable.
MRN: Movement/master reference number
- This is a barcode reference allowing movement containing elements such as transit document number.
- A document that accompanies most goods that have not cleared into free circulation, which includes a barcode scanned at each border crossing and is the basis of the track and trace functionality.
- T1 – a form that states the point at which duty is paid.