Your company’s success depends not only on your own team’s skill and capabilities but also on making sure you adhere to rigorous and ever-changing Customs compliance procedures.

International trade compliance in the aerospace sector can be complex, time consuming and daunting for those who are not fully up to speed with the latest developments and regulations.

B&H Worldwide has a specialist aerospace customs compliance department whose sole aim is to provide the solution for your particular Customs requirements. We look at all the options which will suit your company and create a bespoke plan setting out how we can work together to achieve full compliance for your business.

In the UK, HMRC is constantly tightening up on Customs procedures – from End Use to Inward Processing Relief or Return Goods Relief. A B&H Customs Compliance Audit becomes an essential part of establishing whether your company is completely up to date with all current regulations.

Whether importing or exporting spare parts, our dedicated team of specialists can guide you through the processes and procedures which will ensure you become fully compliant. We can also advise where improvement can be made or even where you might save money.


Duty Relief Regimes

When goods such as aircraft spares are imported into the EU (from outside of the EU), they are subject to import duties & taxes. The direct effect of this is the final cost of imported goods is increased.

To remain competitive HMRC has created a number of regimes that can be applied at the time of import to either reduce or remove these import duties and taxes.

These regimes are known as Customs Procedures with Economic Impact or Duty Relief Regimes. They provide an important way of reducing costs and remaining competitive.

Although most aircraft spare parts are classified as duty free when imported into the EU, it is common for companies to find themselves in trouble when it comes to maintaining adequate records and documentation. Importers often don’t fully understand their responsibilities as they relate to their own authorisations and approvals under the duty relief schemes.

The following are the most common Duty Relief Regimes:

  • Inward Processing Relief (IPR)
  • Customs Warehouse (CW)
  • End Use (EU), Tariff Quotas (TQ)
  • Tariff Suspensions (TS)
  • Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
  • Preference, Temporary Admissions (TA)
  • Return Goods Relief (RGR)
  • Processing under Customs Control (PCC)
  • Outward Processing Relief (OPR)

B&H will ensure your business is making the most of these complex duty relief regimes.

Export Controls

International trade in the aerospace sector can be very complex – but it need not be. Not if you take the right action to ensure your business is on top of all Customs compliance export procedures and regulations from the outset; that way international trade can be plain sailing. Remember compliance is not someone else’s job or something to be overlooked. It’s a critical part of how you conduct business today.

Penalties for non-compliance can be widespread and the reputational impact can be far-reaching for years to come. But if you get it right first time and avoid the pitfalls you can avoid fines, prevent damage to your company’s reputation and save the hassle and expense of calling in consultants to remedy your issues.

B&H will work with you to ensure your understanding and practice of export control procedures are compliant.

Tariff Classification

Make sure your tariff classification is correct. This sounds simple but in reality it is the most important activity related to importing and exporting aircraft and spares. It involves assigning a specific Customs code to your part description that is then used for future import/export activities.

The Customs code has several names - Commodity Code, Tariff number, HS code and HTS code - HMRC link a variety of important items to this code such as import and export licence requirements, duty and VAT rates, tariff suspensions and document requirements.

If you get it wrong it could create significant problems. B&H will audit your tariff classifications and ensure your business uses the correct tariffs now and in the future.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

An Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) is a business which is involved in international trade and one which has met strict standards. It has proven itself to be AEO compliant and therefore is a trustworthy trader.

AEO status means your company has achieved an internationally recognised quality certification, which identifies your business as being ‘safe’ to trade with. AEO is both sought after and vital for those businesses wanting to compete for and win new business.

To achieve AEO status your company must satisfy certain specific criteria and undergo an audit by HMRC. The audit covers one or both of (1) Customs compliance and or (2) Safety and security.

The benefits of being an Authorised Economic Operator are significant and the B&H team will guide your business through the process of obtaining AEO certification.

Our Services

B&H Customs Compliance Consulting

We help our aerospace customers develop Customs Compliance Strategies. We have more than 30 years’ expertise in the business and a tried and tested model for assisting you in achieving your compliance goals.

We start the process with a Risk Assessment. Here we conduct an audit of your systems and procedures and identify any weakness and threats. We then design your compliance framework which involves drafting internal procedures, work-flow diagrams, training and assigning responsibilities. Once approved, the framework is implemented and staff are coached through all framework elements. We take care to communicate the framework internally to generate long term commitment. Lastly, we measure the results and recommend regular reviews.

Throughout this process we are on hand to coach and resolve any issues.

Customs Compliance Health checks

The two most common reasons why companies face problems in the area of Customs compliance are either that they claim to have not been aware of the law, or the person in their company responsible for Customs compliance has left and hasn’t been replaced. Neither of these is an excuse in the eyes of the law.

Let us help you before it becomes an issue by conducting a pre-Customs or pre-BIS audit. We will provide a detailed report on our findings on your current level of compliance and then work together or provide guidance on a Corrective Action Plan.

Corrective Action Planning

If your company has already reached the point where you need assistance redesigning your Customs procedures the B&H Worldwide Compliance team can help you put together a Corrective Action Plan (CAP), write procedures and help develop the knowhow which will put your business back on track.

Pre-Customs audits

If you are facing a Customs audit and you’re concerned about the process, our specialist team can help. B&H Worldwide can take you through what happens before and during the process.


An External Temporary Storage Facility - ETSF (formerly known as Enhanced Remote Transit Sheds – ERTS) is a warehouse designated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), where goods are temporarily stored pending clearance by HMRC, and prior to release into free circulation.

B&H Worldwide operates an ETSF warehouse within its Heathrow facility and also has the expertise to guide you through the process of establishing your own ETSF warehouse.

Telephone Support

B&H offers Customs compliance telephone support for all our aerospace customers.

Administration and completing forms

Compliance can involve a lot of administration, especially in the aerospace logistics sector. If you are confused or concerned about completing a Customs form, we can help.

Below is a list of the many forms we can assist you with.

Customs Related Forms:

  • Application for Approved Exporter under Preference (Form 1454)
  • Application for Customs Procedures with Economic Impact (CPEI) - e.g. Inward Processing Relief, Outward Processing Relief, Customs Warehousing, CFSP, etc.
  • Application and Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) approval - both under Customs Simplifications and Safety & Security
  • ATA Carnets
  • Binding Origin Information (BOI) Rulings
  • Binding Tariff Information (BTI) Rulings
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Risk Assessment and Management Self-Assessment under AEO requirements

Export Controls:

  • Export Control Organisation (ECO) Annual reports for the use of OGELs
  • Export Licence Applications via SPIRE
  • SPIRE registration
  • The International Import Certificate (IIC) often required in support of export licence applications