Our own in house customs teams manage handling your customs clearance, from general customs entries to consultancy on every scale.

Customs AEO Certification

Mainfreight can carry out customs formalities for your for road, sea and air transport. Mainfreight is AEO customs certified this means we can advise you on customs regulations and carry out the customs formalities for you.

Our Services: 

  • Smart border clearance at the Calais and Dunkirk offices with Brexit;
  • Customs clearance at our Lyon, Saint-Julien Bardonnex, Saint-Louis autoroute and Marne-la-Vallée offices;
  • Import and export declarations;
  • Transit management; 
  • Inward and Outward processing;
  • Temporary admissions (part of the goods or all of them. VAT and duties will be exempted);
  • EORI creation;
  • Customs clearance of specific goods: goods subject to licence, CITES, EUR1, EUR-MED, ATR;
  • Customs clearance of petroleum products; 
  • Customs warehousing procedure: import of goods into warehouses allowing the payment of duties and taxes on leaving the warehouse;
  • ATA carnet application.

List of goods:

  • General Cargo (Mechanical parts, textiles, raw materials, furniture);
  • Medicines: as long as you have ANSM authorisation, we can import medicines;
  • Wines and liquor (for export only);
  • Artwork, paintings and sculptures: as long as authentication is possible, you can benefit from reduced VAT of 5.5%;
  • Vehicles purchased abroad: customs clearance for new or used foreign vehicles and obtaining the 846A document required to create the vehicle registration document;
  • Removals and personal effects can also be cleared through customs, subject to certain conditions. They are exempt from customs duties and VAT;
  • Petroleum products.
List of customs offices:

List of customs offices:

  • Calais
  • Dunkerque
  • Marne la Vallée
  • Lyon
  • Saint Julien Bardonnex
  • Saint Louis motorway

Commercial Invoice

The following items must be included on the commercial invoice:
  • Goods description including statistic codes (HS-codes)
  • Gross & nett weight; packaging types and amount
  • Packing list
  • Value per piece and the Total value of the shipment
  • Currency of the transaction
  • Country of origin and destination
  • Name and address of importer and exporter
  • Bank details of the importer and exporter
  • Delivery conditions (Incoterms)
  • Date of issue

Cargo letter

Always use an original CMR cargo letter for shipments to non EU countries.

Certificate of Origin

This is a certificate under the “Multi-Fibre Agreement” was required on imports of textiles in the European Union. It was issued by the local authorities in the country of origin.

These certificates are as of October 24, 2011 is no longer needed so it is no longer necessary for these certificates can be requested abroad.



Economic Operators Registration and Identification number.

Since January 31, 2010, all companines awarded and EORI number, this number is mandatory identification used in the data with Customs.

GSP - Generalized System of Preferences

GSP - Form A / EUR-1 / ATR:

The European Union has in many countries a system with respect to off duty. To claim this discount must be in an import declaration Form-A, EUR-1 certificate or ATR are discussed. Which certificate is applicable, and how much the reduction in import duties has to do with where the goods produced.

Limited Fiscal Representation

Limited fiscal representation allows goods to be imported into the EU without paying import VAT. This offers a significant liquidity advantage. Limited fiscal representation can be used when goods are imported into one EU member state having been sold to a company in another EU member state. For example, a US company sells goods to a German company and ships them to the harbor in Rotterdam or the airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

With the Limited Fiscal Representation we can act as a fiscal agent for companies who import goods into the EU.

Veterinary products

Veterinary products are:

  • Live animals
  • Products of animal origin (e.g. meat, fish, wild and feed)
  • Food (e.g. vegetables, dried fruit, spices, nuts and seeds)

When importing these products are often special measures taken in connection with the protection of public health. Here one must think of the time providing the appropriate paperwork (health, ingredients lists etc,), inspection by the FDA and Customs: The VWA also carries out checks on consumer products like toys, Christmas lights and electrical appliances.


Global network

Our comprehensive global network avoids 3rd party involvement and ensures a local contact at each point of the supply chain.

Local service

Our decentralised customer service teams are located in each branch, making decisions as close to the operations and our customers as possible. This provides timely, accurate information on shipment status, reducing the time your team may spend managing freight movements.

Customs expertise

Our in house teams will manage customs, quarantine and duty changes to reduce compliance risks and costs. We offer a range of services including customs audits, tariff concession orders and much more.

Get in touch with us

Get in touch with one of our local teams to find out more about our services.

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