Customs Brokerage


As a leading customs broker in the UK IFS provide complete Customs Clearance and Brokerage services to our clients.

We have been the number one broker in Northern Ireland for many years giving comprehensive Customs Clearance facilities for both Air and Ocean shipments. IFS offer the fasted clearance times in our marketplace with more links to customs and personnel in this area than any of our competition.

We have the ability to clear goods into the UK at all major Ports and Airports ( eg BFS / MAN / LHR / Felixstowe / Southampton to name a few ) . In addition we run our own vehicles from/to all major UK and Irish airports further enhancing our import services by bringing total control of these moves rather than relying on various subcontracted airline Hauliers.

IFS were the first company in Northern Ireland to open an ERTS bond ( Enhanced Remote Transit Shed ) effectively giving us recognition as a bonded entry point for air and ocean shipments - recognised by customs - IFX and IQX ( Antrim and Carrickfergus ) .

In addition IFS were the first forwarder in all of Ireland and the 2nd in the UK to gain CFSP status ( Customs Freight Simplified Procedure ) effectively allowing us to notify HMRC of consignments arrival ( Frontier Entry ) and then deliver straight to customers premises having made no formal entry of payment of Duty/VAT - then giving a 28 day window to finalise and produce a completed customs entry.

Our Type C status bonds IFS were further able to provide VMI ( Vendor Managed Inventory ) services effectively holding suppliers material under a transit bond for up to 12 months - the inventory being under suppliers ownership and yet available for immediate call off to local manufacturers on a pay as you use type basis - further enhancing reaction times and cash flow for our Northern Ireland Manufacturers .

We also developed an e-tool to provide Importers with ongoing record of all Duty and VAT liabilities, both materialised and deferred, and quick and easy access to show what amounts are live or may crystallise dependant on which Customs Regime they have been imported through - IPR ( Inward Processing Relief ) both Suspension and Drawback , End Use , Air Worthiness , Home Use , OPR , Returned Goods, Warehouse entry , T1 ( transhipment bond guarantee ) . In addition HMRC have identified the Duty and VAT tracker as adding extra effort by importers to HMRC import compliance and has been utilised to facilitate HMRC audits for many blue chip clients with excellent results

Most recently IFS have gained AEO status for all group companies - Approved Economic Operator . This recognises that IFS as your forwarder has the most stringent controls on security throughout the supply chain and accountability for HMRC - this in turn is recognised across Europe by all boarder controls - another benefit to working with IFS .

So whether it is standard Customs Clearance / fiscal representation or full VMI type models you need don’t hesitate to contact the best...