When you appoint a Customs Intermediary, you must provide a formal written authorisation, empowering them to act as a ‘direct’ or ‘indirect’ representative. Direct’ or ‘Indirect’ is explained briefly on the HMRC website here.
From 1st January 2021, the main law governing Customs activities changes from being EU Directive 953/2013 to the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Act 2018 (TCTA 2018). The relevant section concerning acting as Direct or Indirect can be found here.
Even though this is already incorporated into our industry standard BIFA Terms and Conditions (Article 7 clarifies that in such cases Ital Logistics is deemed to be appointed, and acts as, Direct Customs Agents only), being tucked away in the smaller print, it is better practice to have an explicit authority.
If you are an exporter or importer and wish to appoint Ital Logistics to act as your Customs Intermediary to handle your requirements, please download the ‘Direct Representation’ form below in either format and transpose onto your company letterhead. Once completed, please sign, scan and forward to email@example.com.
If you are a forwarding agent, apart from ensuring that you obtain the same authorisation from your exporter/importer customer, we also require you to download the ‘Forwarder Declaration’ form below in either format and transpose onto your company letterhead. Once completed, please sign, scan and forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.