International trade can be confusing at first. If you don’t know your commodity codes from your HS codes and are struggling with customs documentation then don’t worry, you’ll find all the answers here.

Just like when you go abroad and you need to pass through Customs, your goods and products will need to do the same. This page will explain the role Customs play in international trade and give you an overview of their main requirements from you.

The main roles and responsibilities of Customs:

  • Collecting duties and taxes
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Enabling trade agreements
  • Enabling duty relief schemes
  • Enforcing embargos
  • Protecting against illegal substances
  • Protecting against counterfeiting
  • Collecting trade statistics

DHL can also help you to cut through the administration and quickly help make sure you are customs compliant. We have a dedicated customs department located centrally at East Midlands Airport where our experienced team are able to service all your import, export and customs requirements.

  • DHL Express is an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO certified) for both customs and security
  • More than 120,000 formal import customs declarations are processed each month
  • DHL Express employs more than 100 customs declarants to handle the complexity of customs clearance for its customers
  • We also complete over 40,000 formal export declarations each month