S&S Declarations Pre-Arrival Information

The UK requires pre-arrival information in the form of an entry summary declaration (ENS) in order to risk assess all consignments entering or exiting the UK. 

This is completed in a system called the Import Control System (ICS) which is separate form CHIEF.

  • Imports from outside the EU: S&S declarations are required now
  • Imports from the EU: S&S declarations will be required from 1st January 2021

The responsibility for the declaration is with the carrier, however this requirement can be passed on to another business.

Our team, who are experienced in completion of all customs declarations, can create these on your behalf for freight movements from the EU to the UK.  

The timeframes involved are as follows:

  • Deep sea (containers): 24 hours before loading at the port of departure
  • Maritime bulk & break bulk: 4 hours before arrival in the UK
  • Short sea: 2 hours before arrival in the UK
  • Short haul flights: by the time of take off
  • Long haul flights: 4 hours before arrival in the UK
  • Rail: 2 hours before arrival in the UK
  • Road: 1 hour before arrival in the UK
Safety & Security Declarations Summary


Claire Dalton
customs supervisor

Claire is experienced in completing entries and now helps onboard new clients and manages CHIEF entry testing and setup. Claire also manages our AEO compliant procedures and is responsible for regular entry auditing within our customs software, with a focus on maintaining high compliance levels and therefore reducing client risk.

Emma Long
customs entry specialist

Emma brings a wealth of analytical thinking to her role, having just completed a masters degree. She has rapidly built up an excellent understanding of UK import and export customs declarations and systems and also assists with our clients quarterly audit reviews with a view to reporting on potential savings opportunities such as warehousing and IP.


James has 20 years experience working with UK import and export customs declarations across all areas of the tariff. An expert in classification, origin and valuation with a background in commercial importing James brings a comprehensive knowledge in completing accurate customs declarations and enabling smooth custom clearances with HMRC.