Customs declaration service update
09/06/2022

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is a new custom's IT platform that has been designed to modernise the process for completing customs declarations for businesses that import or export goods from the UK. A phased launch of the service started in August 2018. The CDS is used for making import and export declarations when moving goods into and out of the UK.

When the CDS is fully operational, the old Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service will be closed. The CHIEF system is over 25 years old and has struggled to cope with complex reporting requirements that could not easily or cost-effectively be accommodated within the existing service. 

HMRC has confirmed that ahead of the 31 March 2023 complete closure, services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages:

  • 30 September 2022: import declarations close on CHIEF
  • 31 March 2023: export declarations close on CHIEF / National Exports System (NES)

The decision to introduce the CDS was system driven to provide a more secure and stable platform and predated Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Importers and exporters should by now be well aware of the CDS system, and they or their agent should be starting to prepare for the further rollout and eventual replacement of the CHIEF system. As the deadline approaches, HMRC is urging businesses to move to the CDS as soon as possible.


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Our team and associates have worked not only as accountants within the profession but also as Finance Director’s for businesses allowing us to use our wide experience to make a positive impact on your business.

The business was established in 2006 but its roots and relationship of the partners goes back to 1988.  Our client base extends across the UK and many different business sectors.  Though our office is in Leicester we take the ‘we will come to you’ approach and are always happy to travel to see you, wherever you are.

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