ETSF (External Temporary Storage Facility)

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.

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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

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is customs clearance?

Customs clearance is a compulsory process for all goods entering or leaving the EU. Customs clearance allows HMRC to account for any due charges, ensure correct documentation has been used and ensure conformity to EU law. It also allows HMRC to monitor which goods are entering or leaving the UK.

How long does customs clearance take?

The customs clearance process can vary from shipment to shipment, and is dependent on what goods are entering the country, once goods have entered the UK port. Certain products may need additional documentation checks or a physical examination to ensure that declarations are correct.

What supporting customs clearance documentation do I require?

Basic documentation would be:

  • Shipping document (Bill of Lading – original or telex)
  • Supplier’s commercial invoice
  • Packing list

Other documentation required for specific goods would be:

  • Certificate of Origin
  • Preference Certificates
  • Health certificates (for foodstuffs etc)
  • COA
  • Organic certificate

Note: Importers should check before they ship if any special documentation is required.

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