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Decoding Customs Jargon: Additional Procedure Codes (ACP)

Uncover the meanings of customs jargon with our "Jargon Busters"! Decipher the Additional Procedure Codes in the UK or other Customs Declarations Systems


The Customs rules, standards, and changes can be confusing at times, with acronyms, abbreviations, and complex rules that may be hard to understand. We strive to make our writing as clear and concise as possible, but if you need further clarification, we have "jargon busters" that explain important acronyms in simple terms.


In this guide, we will briefly explain the most common terms that buyers encounter when dealing with customs, imports, and exports, in an effort to make the process easier to understand.


What are additional procedure codes?

The Additional Procedure Code (APC) is a three-digit code used to identify any extra conditions that apply to the intended use of goods.


For instance, if customs relief is being claimed for both Customs Duty and Import VAT, two separate APCs will need to be quoted. One is required for Customs Duty relief and the other for Import VAT relief. With the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), you can use up to 99 Additional Procedure Codes with a single four-digit Procedure Code.




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Do you wish to decode Customs Jargon?

If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to better understand the various customs abbreviations and jargon, you have come to the right place. Below is an exhaustive list of commonly used customs abbreviations and jargon, along with their detailed explanations, to help you gain a better understanding of their meanings


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