How to read/complete a Customs SAD/Form C88

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  • Customs Form C88 - A brief history

    The 'Single Administrative Document' or 'SAD', for short, is the same Form as the UK's Customs Form C88, by which it is more commonly referred. Its completion is also known as the 'Customs entry'. This Form is used / completed each and every time any goods are imported and exported in or out of the European Community (EC).

    This complex Form can appear daunting, so this is where the role of a Customs broker can help. If you have a shipment which is arriving, or perhaps has arrived, into the UK, and needs to be cleared through UK Customs, then please contact a member of our Imports Team to see how we can help.

    WARNING!

    Alongside genuine reputable companies, there are some Customs clearance agents and Freight Forwarders, who claim that they can save you money on: shipping costs and Import Duty & VAT, by the way you raise your import paperwork, thereby, affecting what they declare on the C88, on your behalf. These methods are classed as fraud, and if caught, come with severe penalties.

    Always ensure that you use a reputable* Customs agent/broker who can explain what details they declared on your behalf.

    *We recommend starting with a Company which is a member of BIFA (the professional organisation for the Freight and Shipping industry).
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    1     Declaration type

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    2     Consignor/Exporter

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    3     Forms

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    4     Should be blank

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    5     Items

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    6     Total Packages

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    7     Reference Number

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    8     Importers VAT No., Name and Address

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    14   Declarant VAT No., Name and Address

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    15a  Country of Export

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    17a  Country of Destination

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    17b  Should be blank

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    18   Identity and Nationality of means of Transport on arrival

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    21   Identity and Nationality of means of Transport crossing the border

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    22   Invoice currency and total amount invoiced

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    23   Exchange Rate

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    24   Should be blank

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    25   Mode of transport at the border

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    26   Inland mode of transport

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    30   Location of goods

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    31   Packages and description of goods

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    32   Item number

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    33   Commodity code

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    34a   Country of Origin code

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    35   Gross mass

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    36   Preferences

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    37   Procedure

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    38   Net mass

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    39   Quota

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    40   Summary declaration/Previous document

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    41   Supplementary Units

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    42   Item Price

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    43   Valuation Method

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    44   Additional Information/Commodity additional

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    45   Adjustment

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    46   Statistical Value

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    47   Calculation of taxes

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    48   Deferred Payment

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    49   Identification of warehouse

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    54   Place and date, signature and name of declarant or his representative

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