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Customs House Brokerage

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Core products

Import customs clearance

Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery.

  • Final import customs clearance
  • Simplified customs procedures
  • First time importers or exporters
  • Vat exemption under autoliquidation process
  • Help on HS code request to french customs (RTC)
  • Delivery arrangement

Export customs clearance

Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & export outside of the EU.

  • Certificates of origin / EUR.1 / ATR
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance
  • Standard export clearance

Transit documents

A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily Customs House Brokerage activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.

* Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Damco.

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Signed Power of Attorney (POA)

Signed by the buyer & on Company Letter Headed paper. This grants permission for Damco to complete CHB on behalf of the buyer and provides the required details to enable internal account creation.

  • Signed POA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code
  • European EORI number

EORI Number

The buyer must have a valid European EORI. For European Customer, he should be informed with local customs how to get back French VAT amount.

Additional documents (where applicable)

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading
  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

* Originals to be submitted to Damco where necessary

Deadlines and sevice

Services et clotures

Service Terminal Ports ETA ETS Cargo Cut-Off DGD definitives/signees VGM
Mediterranean Sea Seayard XL Fos-Sur-Mer Mardi Mardi Lundi 15h00 Vendredi 12h00 Lundi 17h00
Marmara Sea Seayard XL Fos-Sur-Mer Jeudi Vendredi Mercredi 15h00 Mardi 15h00 Mercredi 17h00
Algiers Sea Seayard XL Fos-Sur-Mer Samedi Samedi Vendredi 12h00 Mercredi 12h00 Vendredi 13h00
Ligurian Sea Seayard XL Fos-Sur-Mer Mercredi Jeudi Mardi 15h00 Lundi 15h00 Mardi 17h00
433 Service TN MSC 2000 Le Havre Vendredi Dimanche Jeudi 15h00 Mercredi 15h00 Jeudi 17h00
437 Service TN MSC 2000 Le Havre Mardi Mercredi Lundi 17h00 Vendredi 15h00 Lundi 17h00

Navires & Ports par service

Service ports Navires
Mediterranean Sea Fos/Mer-Valence-Algeciras-Alexandrie-Mersin-Haifa Maersk Norfolk - Safmarine Nakuru - Maersk Newport
Marmara Sea Fos/Mer-Thessalonique-Canakkale-Ambarli-Izmit-Gemlik-Canakkale-Izmir Nele Maersk- Horace A- Yanki A- Cinzia A - Milan Trader
Algiers Sea Fos/Mer-Algiers Port k Stream - Contship eco - Star Comet
Ligurian Link Fos/mer-Barcelone-Valence -Casablanca Nexoe Maersk - Contship Top
433 Service Le Havre - Port Said- MSC Danit- Maersk Edinburgh- Maersk Ensenada
437 Service Le Havre- Port Tangiers Edith Maersk- MSC New York- Eleonora maersk -Estelle Maersk- Maersk Emden

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