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S&S Security Filing in Great Britain: What businesses need to know

Alert for new paperwork as carriers and others add extra layers of red tape in the name of safe and secure imports.

As part of the safety and security measures instituted in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, security, and safety filing measures in the form of IT reporting systems were created to ensure the risk analysis of commodities prior to their arrival in a country's customs area, if possible. Both the United States and the European Union have such a system. Now, the UK plans to introduce its system on 1 July 2022.

Secure and Safe Trade

The hope is that with the new system, authorities will be able to improve the identification of high-risk consignments and intervene at the most appropriate point in the supply chain, protect people and the country from threats to safety and security, make it easier for most lawful trade to cross borders, and simplify information sharing between businesses and customs officials in the United Kingdom.


If you're carrying products, you'll need to file an entry summary declaration (also known as an "ENS" after the former European system) before the items arrive into Great Britain (or enters Northern Ireland from Great Britain). Your statement will include information on the safety and security of your items.

Who is required to file a declaration?

The companies, moving (carrying) the freight on rail, land, sea or air. If your items are being transported by "roll on roll off", the following must be considered, the haulage business is in charge of submitting the declaration for accompanying goods. In the case of 'unaccompanied' goods, the ferry operator must lodge this declaration.


The UK government has developed the so-called Safety and Security (S&S GB) APIs to allow businesses to submit an Entry Summary statement instead of manually typing in the data. This APIs interact with third-party software to produce Entry Summary submissions and to submit Import Declarations and get notifications and results. To connect both systems, registration is required.

How can we help

Customs Manager's specialists are your filing agents. They can not only function as your customs broker for customs declarations, but also assist you in submitting ENS or S&S Declarations for both export and import. Please contact us to see how we can assist you.

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  • How to make an amendment

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