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‘Wet Stamp’ Process

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Appendix B  - Request to return goods back Inland - ‘Wet Stamp’ Process – note this is an EXCEPTIONAL process

Reasons for request: TSO/Airline advises forwarder / declarant of operational delay i.e. flight goes technical; material offloaded due to insufficient capacity and forwarder / declarant has other carrier options available to mitigate delay to customer


Forwarder makes request of TSO/airline to return goods because export order has been cancelled


Declarant makes request of ‘wet stamp’ letter of authority to NCH with explanation as to why a goods return Inland Request is required


If goods allocated R6 (or Route 3) HMRC may approve this request (*see footnote re R1 or R2 shipments)


If request approved by HMRC copy of ‘wet stamp’ approval letter must be provided to TSO for audit purposes (CARGO SHEDS ONLY)


TSO will physically return goods to forwarder / declarant  – in CHIEF MUCR/DUCR will update to Status D (Goods departed back Inland) – updated by HMRC for CARGO material when the wet stamp is approved. For goods lodged into COURIER sheds the TSO can automatically set the Status D via the Shed Inventory CSP System


Declarant can then either - associate DUCRs onto a new MAWB and lodge onto new flight through another TSO and process restarts as per main flow chart


Goods returned by Declarant to the exporter


*Footnote –Route 1 or Route 2 - Customs will NOT approve a wet stamp request for goods that have been designated R1 or 2 on arrival at the Frontier – inland return would only be permitted once the shipment had been assessed by HMRC and if updated to code 7 – see main flow chart for detail

A “Status D” should only be set against entries when a genuine Departed Back Inland process occurs as per above.

If a Status D appears against an entry for goods NOT Departed back inland this suggests an error has been made - either:

I – The TSO has tried to input AEDL (departure message) before input of AEAL (arrival message) – in this example the entries will become “frustrated exports” and appear as Status D in error


2 – AEAL correctly input but the TSO incorrectly submits the AEDL message into CHIEF with incomplete or missing information on the Departure Message Screen – in this example the entries will become “frustrated exports” and appear as Status D in error.


Any Declarant with Status D incorrectly showing would need to contact the TSO. If the TSO has made an error at point 1 or 2 above, the entries (DUCR’s/MUCR) would need to be re-arrived and correctly departed. This process must be managed in a timely manner and any specific queries submitted to HMRC at NCH

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