An official seal can be affixed to a consignment to secure it from interference.
Eastbourne and Lewes Council can apply an official seal to your consignment where we have issued a Local Authority Export Health Certificate or you have an APHA Export Certificate.
There is usually no legal requirement to have an official seal, but some ports and routes require it. This is because an official seal may mean that your consignment is offered reduced checks at the EU port of arrival or other destination.
Note: as Premises Endorsement for Exports do not detail the consignment and are not usually inspected, an official seal cannot be applied to such consignments.
Advantages of an official seal
An official seal may mean that your consignment, if selected for an identity check at the EU port of arrival, can be subjected to a less invasive and quicker documentary check. This would usually mean the consignment would not be actually moved to the Border Control Post but could remain in the port. The port is then where your consignment would be subjected to customs control, until the documentary checks are completed.
An official seal could save considerable time, especially at the outset of the new trading relationship. It could also reduce costs such as BCP handling fees, demurrage fees and transport fees.
Speak to your import agent in the country of destination or your export agent here in the United Kingdom to help you decide whether to have an official seal applied to your consignment.