Import Services

Completing a Form C88 / C21

Our experienced team are on hand to take away the stress and confusion that this may bring.

When goods are declared to UK Customs, their details are submitted using the C88 for a full declaration, or a C21 for a simplified declaration.

The goods themselves, together with the circumstances surrounding why the goods are being shipped, dictate not only which of these 2 forms need to be completed, but also what information is needed.

Once you know which form applies, you will soon find that a lot of the boxes which need to be completed, need specific codes etc., and equally as important, that some of the boxes need to be left blank.

On top of this, if there are any delays in your goods clearing Customs, then you could face daily storage charges, which can quickly add up.

It is for this reason that most people decide that they cannot complete it themselves and decide to use an agent or Customs broker.

This is definitely something that the team at UK Import Services can assist you with.

We can clear at most of the UK Container Ports, Ferry Terminals and Airports. We can even assist if you have recently purchased a vehicle from the Channel Islands, or if your parcel is held at the HWDC in Heathrow, and the UK Border Force has sent you a Notice of Arrival (with an SPP number).

Why not contact us today to see how we can help you and may be even save you money.

Please contact us by phone on 0345 309 6360, or email us at: for assistance and advice about completing a C88 form.


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/or Import Duty & VAT, just by the way you raise your shipping documents, 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 have declared, or will declare, on your behalf.

You have probably read enough information by now, hopefully on our site, to know that the completion of the Customs Form C88 MUST be done in accordance with strict rules and Regulations laid out by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, and all the other UK Governing bodies. It is for this reason alone, that you shouldn't leave you goods to be cleared by just any Customs Clearance Broker or Agent that you find, or just because they shipped your goods to the UK.

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

Contact our Imports Team on 0345 309 6360, or email us at: for our charges for clearing your goods through UK Customs, and possibly to also arrange the shipping of your good too.

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