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Import Procedures including IP/OP

By the end of July 2023 imports to the UK had risen by 8.6% on the previous year5. Many businesses would like to import more raw materials, parts and products directly so that they can develop and grow. The team at Exporter Services are experts in importing. This course builds on skills developed in the Customs course and will help you improve your import processes. It can also be provided standalone for those who are only interested in Importing Procedures.

Who should attend?

If you are working in an import environment and have never had any formal training or if you want to update your skills then this is the right course for you.

What will I learn?

The course provides an overview of the import process end-to-end and reviews all the areas that would be applicable to a new supplier, to include country and supplier risk, payment risk etc. We review documentation requirements and how to ensure goods are imported successfully to include duty payments and an overview of the available Special Procedures.

Specifically we cover:

  • Definition of an Import & the Process Flow
  • Making the Enquiry, areas to consider
    • Product – Commodity Code & Origin
    • Payment – Options & Risks
    • Import Controls – Licences & Certifications
    • Incoterms & Insurance
    • Transport – Lead times & Options
    • Documentation – Standard & Preference Documents
    • Costs – Have you considered all the costs?
    • Terms and Conditions
  • Provide the Purchase Order
  • Movement of Goods
  • Import Clearance
    • Documentation Requirements
    • Import Declarations and the Process
    • The Customs Declaration Service
    • Routing & GVMS
    • Import Duties & Taxes
  • An Introduction to Special Procedures (IP/OP)
    • What they are
    • How to Apply
    • Bills of Discharge

How will I learn?

This is a hands-on practical course designed to give you the expert knowledge you need to run your importing smoothly.


A full day intensive course from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Learn from the Experts

Exporter Services has been empowering businesses to import successfully for over 10 years. We offer straightforward, no-nonsense learning to enable you to be confident that you have mastered your import and compliance skills.

Are you ready to work with us?