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999L Waiver - End Date 31st January 2024

The 999l, which was the replacement for the older CHIEF equivalent of LIC99, will be no more from 31 January 2024. Used by Customs Brokers across the UK the code was (still is at the time of writing this) an almost universal waiver code for import declarations, used on ex-heading goods that may not have any licensing or documentary requirements.


There will be 10 codes now to replace the 999L code as listed below.

*Full list taken directly from HMRC guidance found here.


National waiver Document code

Description of measure where code applies

Requirement for use

912Y

Animal Health Certificate

Importation of animal pathogens Licence under the Importation of Animal pathogens Order 1980 (IAPO) 

9020

Department for Business & Trade, Import Licensing Firearms and Ammunition (covering firearms only)

This product is exempt as it is not a firearm. 

9044

Department for Business & Trade, Import Licensing Firearms and Ammunition

Private import of a firearm/shotgun using a Firearms Certificate or Shotgun Certificate in lieu of an import licence. 

9026

Department for Business & Trade, Import Licensing Firearms and Ammunition (covering firearms only)

Firearms manufactured before 1 January 1900. Note - this exemption covers only DBT import licence requirements but firearms may still be liable to domestic licencing requiring possession of an appropriate Firearms Certificate, Shotgun Certificate or Registered Firearms Dealer Certificate. 

9043

Health and Safety Executive, GB Transfer Approval for explosives

Exempt from the requirement to hold a GB Transfer Approval Document issued by the HSE for Explosives.

920Y

HMI Conformity Certificate (fruit and veg) issued in UK

Certificate of Conformity not required; import / export of fresh horticultural products for industrial processing, animal feed or other non-food use.

991Y

Quarantine Release certificate

Where coniferous wood is bark free, the waiver code can be used if the wood originates from one of the listed countries.

992Y

Quarantine Release certificate

Waiver code can be used a) where non-coniferous wood is a non-regulated species, b) where non-coniferous wood is a regulated species, but its country of origin is not listed in the retained EU legislation Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 as amended by Schedule 7, entries 120 to 142, of The Plant Health (Phytosanitary Conditions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (UKSI 2020/1527).

993Y

Quarantine Release certificate

Waiver code can be used on oak barrels and other oak cooper’s products originating from USA or Canada, and are accompanied with documentation that states the barrels and cooper’s products were heat treated to at least 176C for no less than 20 minutes during their manufacture.

994Y

Quarantine Release certificate

Waiver code can be used for prefabricated buildings that are constructed from wood products, other than logs from wood of regulated species and origin that retain their natural rounded surface.






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