From early March 2020, HMRC is introducing automatic sorting of import and export clearance documents that they receive. This means traders will now need to fill out and send a PDF summary form (called a trader submission header form or NCH1) to HMRC for each submission that needs further checks.

This small change is being made to improve the efficiency of how import and export documents are processed. If goods are selected for further checks by HMRC (Route 1, Route 2 and Route 0), traders will need to send the NCH1 and all supporting paperwork to the National Clearance Hub.

For more details on these changes, please see the HMRC guidance page here

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