Don’t risk your shipment becoming a damp squib
Over recent years protocol on the importing of fireworks has become much more strict and today the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is now obliged to notify Trading Standards on the quality of products being imported into the UK. 

These directives mean that there are now additional and far more stringent legal responsibilities that importers of fireworks, explosives and dangerous goods must adhere to. Recent provisions could include extra inspections such as x-rays and the physical examination of goods prior to the final customs clearance of your shipment.These supplementary requirements, plus of course the possibility of your consignments arriving over the weekend, during a bank holiday or out of hours, could all result in substantial and costly delays to your shipment of fireworks. 

It has never been more important that in order to avoid unnecessary delays and cost implications you must ensure that your consignment of fireworks receives prompt customs clearance.That means you should always arrange your shipment through a specialist company that has a proven record plus all the experience required in this sensitive area.  Aerona (Air & Sea) Customs Clearing Agents has the knowledge and expertise required to help you avoid costly delays. 

At Aerona (Air & Sea) Customs Clearing Agents we have an unrivalled track record in this particularly sensitive area and you can rely on us to help you navigate the complex importing process along with the intricate laws and regulations that apply to your import transactions.  

As one of the UK’s leading specialists you can rely on us to expertly guide you through all the legal pitfalls ensuring that you have the correct documentation duly completed even before your consignment arrives in the UK. 

It is important to know that with fireworks you only have two free days from the day the vessel arrived in port to apply for storage.  We cannot stress more strongly that time is of the essence.  Having the best customs clearing specialist on your side can make all the difference between success and failure.

Important information for firework importers
If you only intend to supply fireworks during the following periods, you will require an Explosives License. 

  • On the first day of the Chinese New Year and three days immediately before it.
  • On the day of Diwali and three days immediately before it.
  • During the period beginning 15th October and ending on 10th November.
  • During the period beginning on 26th December and ending on 31st December.

If you intend to supply fireworks all year round, you will require a Fireworks Licence in addition to an Explosives Licence.
You can obtain further information from these two useful websites:;  

Better still, if you are importing or are planning to import fireworks you should contact us for an informal chat so that we can help you ensure that your shipment of fireworks does not become a damp squib.

Please note: This information relates to prevailing conditions, rules and regulations.The conclusion of Brexit negotiations may or may not result in some changes.We will continue to monitor the situation closely.