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ERTS and ICD’s (Inland Clearance Depot) are warehouses/depots which are approved by HM Customs and Excise to which goods imported in containers/vehicles may be removed for entry, examination and clearance.

These locations are popular with groupage consolidators ( companies which specialise in grouping together shipments from various suppliers and receivers ) as it allows the full container to be removed from the main dockyard area and unloaded prior to individual customs clearances being gained.
The containers will move from the quay to the warehouses under customs bond.
Usually the shed operator will create a manifest of the separate consignments in the container which then allows each consignee’s agent to prepare the necessary clearance paperwork, the benefit of this is that you can clear your own consignment without having to wait for everyone else in the container to clear their cargo which used to be the case before ERTS/ICD’s existed.