An ‘Enhanced Remote Transit Shed’ is an approved place situated outside the appointed area of an approved port/airport where non-Community goods may be held until they are declared to customs for an approved treatment or use. This allows for operators of ‘groupage’ consignments (a single sea container or airline storage unit that contains goods for more than one importer) to remove the consignment from the port/airport, under arrangements with Customs, to the approved warehouse so that unpacking can commence prior to the goods being entered to or cleared by Customs.
This allows for quicker movement of cargo through the port/airport and results in the goods being made available to the importer more readily than would otherwise be the case if all consignments had to be cleared at the port/airport before they could be moved.
The following types of business are eligible to apply to have their premises approved as an ERTS and may benefit from such an approval:
- freight forwarders
- customs agents
- warehouse keepers, and
- transport companies
The temporary storage premises must be maintained, secure and in good repair to the satisfaction of HMRC. The premises must be equipped with suitable facilities for storing, unloading, examining and clearing the goods and for examining the vehicles.
Where temporary storage goods are removed from the port or airport to an ERTS, the ERTS operator must provide security in the form of a Community Transit Guarantee or Guarantee waiver for the goods.
The amount of the guarantee is based on a reference amount and levels of experience and past compliance with Customs’ requirements; The Customs Practice can assist with the calculation of this amount. We can also assist by providing contacts for possible guarantors, if necessary.
If you feel that you could benefit from becoming an ERTS and would like some further information about the approval process and how The Customs Practice Limited can help you achieve authorisation please contact us on 01635 521624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.