Authorised ETSF Operators in the UK
GFS is an authorised external temporary storage facility (ETSF) operator with inland clearance facilities (Customs Warehouse Facilities) approved by the Border Force. These facilities enable clients to mitigate any potential delays whilst customs checks and customs declarations are being made at the port of entry to the UK.
Our in-house Customs Clearance team will work in conjunction with importing vehicles and act as a Direct Representative on behalf of our clients and any importers, exporters, forwarders, or transport companies involved in the process.
Benefits of using an ETSF
In the event of any delays at customs clearance, vehicles importing goods to the UK may require costly quay rentals whilst custom-controlled goods are in the process of being cleared. ETSFs are an ideal solution on account of the following benefits:
- Deferral of duties and taxes on all imported goods until they’ve been assigned to a customs-approved treatment
- Cost-efficient alternative to quay/port rent charges
- Provides importers with the time necessary to obtain and submit all required import licenses and other documentation prior to submitting a full customs declaration
Fast-Track Customs with ETSF by GFS
Upon arriving at the port of arrival in the UK, GFS can provide clients who are importing customs-controlled goods with a temporary storage facility located inland. Pending customs clearance, clients can safely store the goods in a manner which does not incur quay rent charges and which also minimises any delays in the customs clearance process.
GFS will then arrange for rapid next-day delivery via our transport network from the ETSF following customs clearance approval.