Transport ID Guidance
There have been some issues raised with Transport ID on Customs Declarations. Below is some guidance to help you stay HMRC compliant. For any queries, please do get in touch with me, or the team, and we will support you with your application. 

We also bring you details of events, training, webinars and the latest trade updates.

If you have any queries please get in touch with our International Trade team by emailing or telephone 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Transport ID Guidance

The introduction of CDS is presenting some of our customers with a challenge regarding the identity of the “Transport ID” (Vehicle Registration), trailer numbers and country of the vehicle's origin. It can be the case that this information is unknown at the time that a customs declaration is being pre-lodged but is subsequently known before, or at the time that a GMR is generated.

Whilst the Transport ID is a mandatory field and is required in the guidance, we are putting steps in place that will allow us to submit the declaration on your behalf, and so that you remain compliant with HMRC.

HMRC Compliant

Option 1:

  • We receive all the information from you including the “Transport ID” and we pre-lodge the declaration
  • Either ChamberCustoms or the Haulier will then produce the GMR.
Option 2:

You don't have the “Transport ID” but advise us by email that you will provide it once known, and before the goods have crossed the border.

  • We pre-lodge the declaration with “As per GMR” in the CDS data field
  • We then submit an amendment in CDS once you can provide us with the information. This must be done before the goods cross the border. You cannot submit an amendment if the goods have crossed and the GMR has been arrived.

If we don't receive this information before the goods cross the border, then “As per GMR” will remain on the declaration and your transport ID information will be missing. Whilst this would fail a compliance check, the correct information on your GMR could provide some mitigation but is not guaranteed to do so.

We want you to be compliant with HMRC guidelines. We also understand that your supply chain doesn't always work in the way that the guidelines expect. As we act for you under 'Direct Representation' we will follow your instructions as you provide them, whilst helping you to stay on the right side of the rules.

If you have any questions, please give our International Trade Team a call on 01223 237414.


New date for ChamberCustoms webinar

Customs Health Audit: Pain Free Testing
Tuesday 27 September, 11.00am

In this webinar we will be discussing the basics of compliance, and how to ensure your company is fulfilling its roles and responsibilities within the HMRC customs framework. We’ll share case studies, and explain the benefits of our customs health audit, with a Q&A session at the end.

Register here.

‘Growing Globally’ Networking Lunch
Wednesday 19 October, 11.45am-2.00pm
Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL

We’ll be working with World First, Smart Manufacturing Alliance, PEM Accountants and Department for International Trade on this event.

The four entities will cover a panel discussion surrounding the latest news in the international world and how your business can grow globally.

There will also be a networking lunch which will give you time to connect with like-minded professionals, all whilst overlooking the pitch at Peterborough United.

We will also be holding a business card draw which will give you the chance to win two hospitality tickets to watch Peterborough United.

Cost: £20.00 (plus VAT) per person

Click here
to register.


Understanding Commodity Codes
Tuesday 27 September, 9.30am-1.00pm

By attending this course we will ensure you are aware of what a commodity code is and what it is used for, understand the process of how to classify goods, successfully classify a range of goods and understand the importance of getting your commodity codes correct.

Customs Procedures and Documentation
Thursday 6 October, 9.30am-1.00pm

The course looks at the procedures required to deal with customs and the information that is required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported.

You can view the full list of all our courses on the Chamber 

Courses can also be tailored to meet your company’s specific requirements. For more information about a bespoke course for your company, which can be delivered remotely or in person, please contact the Chamber on 01223 237414.

Trade update

The latest UK trade data for July 2022 was published on Monday 12 September. The data showed an increase in exports, particularly to the EU, largely driven by higher fuels exports (oil and gas). Click here to read the British Chambers of Commerce comments on the new data.

Revised guidance has recently been issued by the Department for International Trade. The guidance applies to those UK and Crown Dependency based firms importing products making use of duty suspensions and autonomous tariff rate quotas on imports.

Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
Clifford House, 2 Station Yard, Oakington, Cambridge, CB24 3AH