Splitting an import declaration
You can split a message declaration or a paper declaration if only a part of the item to be cleared is inspected or examined or if a part of the goods cannot be released. In the Import Declaration Service, splitting an import declaration is not possible.
Goods that will not be examined can be released before the inspection. You can also split a declaration after the inspection if a part of the goods wait for the inspection result or if a part of the goods cannot be released.
You must submit the new declarations within the given time limit. If you haven’t split the declaration within the time limit, Customs will reject the split declarations.
Points to consider
Customs will notify you of the possibility to split a customs declaration by sending
- a notification of inspection or examination or
- a ‘no release’ decision.
In the split declaration, you must provide the following information:
- purpose of the declaration = 5 split declaration
- code 998, the customs clearance number and acceptance date of the original declaration in the additional documents to the transaction
- acceptance date of the original customs declaration as tax determination date.
- When you submit a SAD to a customs office, Customs will notify you of the possibility to split a customs declaration in connection with a notification of inspection or examination or by sending a ‘no release’ decision.
- If you want to split a customs declaration, you must complete two new SADs. You must provide the customs clearance number of the original declaration in Box 44 ‘additional information’.
- the customs declaration waits for the inspection/examination results or
- Customs takes other required measures or
- Customs draws up a decision on release.
When you have submitted the new import declarations, Customs checks that all the goods items declared in the original customs declarations are included in the new declarations. Customs invalidates the original the customs declaration. You will receive the invalidation decision either electronically or on paper, depending on how you submitted the original declaration.