Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations

Institute of Export & international trade


£458.80 inc VAT
Study method
1 day, Part-time/Full-time
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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The Studio Birmingham
7 Cannon Street
West Midlands
United Kingdom
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EEF Engineers' House
The Promenade , Clifton Down
United Kingdom

End date: 03/12/2020

Additional info: 9.45am to 4.30pm, lunch is provided

St Pancras Meeting Rooms
St Chads Street
Central London
United Kingdom
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AJ Gallagher, 5th Floor
101 George Street
United Kingdom


Are you an importer/exporter or a customs agent? Or does your company use customs agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU?

If so, you need to know how to meet customs requirements fast and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU. There will be new processes to follow and new forms to complete.

We can help.

Our new one-day training course will highlight what you need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently for both import and export of goods, including taking you through step-by-step guidance on completing the SAD C88 form.

Part two of the training will detail many of the common pitfalls and makes attendees aware of some of the mistakes made by newcomers to customs declarations.

In summary, the training will build basic understanding so that attendees:

  • Understand how to compile a basic import / export entry
  • Know where to seek additional information
  • Feel more confident in their level of knowledge
  • Know what additional training and / or resources they may need in order to increase their knowledge
  • Are less likely to make mistakes, thereby saving themselves and their organisation time and money

***You can now claim government grant funding to cover the full cost of this training course. Find out more***


Learning outcomes:

  • Identifying the need for customs declarations
  • CHIEF, other software and CDS
  • Understand how to compile a basic import / export entry
  • Step by step guidance in completing the SAD C88 form
  • Real-world examples of mistakes, complacency and fraud
  • Penalties you can be liable for and how to avoid them
  • Export declaration practice
  • Import declaration practice

Assessment - exercises designed to test the attendees understanding - including completing one export declaration to the satisfaction of the trainer

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people new to international business and experienced companies who may want to refresh their knowledge.

The departments within a business that this course would apply to are:

  • Export Administration
  • Shipping
  • Export Sales Administration
  • Logistics
  • Distribution

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