Customs agency

Are you prepared for Brexit ?

Without any clear agreement on Brexit we are encouraging companies to look at all options to mitigate any risks. And although negotiations are at a critical point the future still remains unclear.  As a responsible customs broker we have a duty to prepare for all possible outcomes, including the scenario that no agreement is reached.  If we leave the EU without an agreement all UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise VAT and procedures to good traded with the EU.

What can I do to help prepare my business for Brexit?

Find out the commodity code for your goods

All imports or exports (including goods sent to the UK from abroad) must be declared to HMRC using a commodity code. You’re legally responsible for the correct tariff classification of your goods, so it is important you classify all imports and exports using the correct commodity code. This is to make sure you pay the right VAT, duty, excise or levies due under UK law. Use the Trade Tariff tool to find your codes:

Register for a UK EORI (Economic Operator Registration Identification) number

Depending on your business, you may also need to register for a European EORI number. Your application will depend on your circumstances and can easily be applied for online at  This will normally be received in 3 working days.

Make contact with a customs agency

Portico are an experienced customs broker, with all the necessary systems in place to make customs declarations.  We are here to help with the very significant challenges that lie ahead, so please contact us on or 023 9289 0503 and our team will be happy to help.

Our services

Whether you’re importing an aircraft engine or fresh flowers, we can offer comprehensive advice on all customs regimes and processes, including preferences and relevant taxes and duties. We know that customs compliance is essential to all traders and understand the importance of accuracy and efficiency.

Our experienced and dedicated team has a diverse knowledge base regarding customs requirements and clearance, whether goods arrive containerised, on a truck, deep sea cargo or European RoRo.

We have direct links to HMRC and provide efficient import customs clearance services at all major UK ports including Portsmouth, Dover, Southampton, London Gateway, Tilbury, Chatham, Felixstowe, Thamesport, Grangemouth and more.

We can also offer a comprehensive Export Declaration service. As an authorised agent for HMRC we are able complete electronic NES and NCTS declarations.

As specialists in the import customs clearance of fresh fruit and vegetables it is vital cargo moves quickly, we are registered to use PEACH and work very closely with DEFRA, Port Health and UKBA to ensure the smooth efficient clearance of import declarations.

You can benefit from the following:

  • AEO Certified customs clearance
  • Community Transit Guarantee
  • EUR 1 Authorised Consignor
  • NES/NCTS Export Documentation
  • PEACH Applications
  • Duty Deferment
  • Customs clearance at all major UK ports

With our wealth of experience we guarantee to provide the highest levels of service and we pride ourselves on ‘going the extra mile’ to deliver complete customer satisfaction.

Contact us for further information

Daphne Wightman

Customs agency manager,

023 9289 0501

07879 693 513

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