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Below are the top news stories from in and around TEAM Global.

Delays in Paris

November 30th, 2015

Please note that there are severe traffic restrictions in Paris today due to the Global Climate Change Conference taking place there.

This will impact on all deliveries and collections in Paris and all major routes in and out of the capital.

We are doing everything possible to minimise delays and will keep you informed of any further developments.

HMRC Customs Clearance Delays

October 9th, 2015


Due to several performance issues over the few days with the CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) system that handles customs clearance requests in the UK. HMRC have advised that they have had to bring the service temporarily down.

The CHIEF service was taken down at 14:00 yesterday (08.10.2015) and will not be available until 12:00 today (09.10.2015) with a second period of downtime scheduled from midnight tonight to midday Saturday which will have an impact on customs clearance times in the UK (Export and Import).

The CHIEF downtime will result in delays to both export and import consignments to and from non EU destinations.


New International Export Licence Check

November 4th, 2011

New customs requirements for non EU consignments over £800.00 value and certain commodities

HM Customs MOU – Strategic Export (LIC99) procedures

Certain commodities being shipped to certain countries require a UK export licence. These commodities include IT equipment, works of art, cultural goods, antiques, printed matter and paintings. It is the shippers responsibility to provide the export licence where required.

Countries that are classed as sensitive and where a export licence may be required include: -

  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Yemen

If no export licence is required, you need to endorse this on the invoice or provide a statement on letterhead confirming the commodity being exported do not require a export licence.

To check if exports require a export licence please visit:

Team Global will require your shipping invoice to state NO EXPORT LICENCE REQUIRED or if applicable, provide a export licence with the consignment.

If you need assistance in ascertaining whether your consignment requires a licence please liaise with our Customer Services or download


New EU international trade procedures require registration under EORI scheme.

October 10th, 2011

eu flag imageWith effect from 1st July 2009, a new piece of EU legislation requires all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) scheme.

All Economic Operators (defined as persons natural or legal whose businesses are regulated by Customs legislation) will need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international movement of goods. In practice this means that the new regulations will apply to anyone involved with export, transit or import operations.

A unique EORI number will be allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU, to be used in all member states in which they operate, and this will replace all current customs identification numbers currently used for making import, export and transit declarations.

For further information about the EORI scheme please refer to the EU Commission’s website.