18th July 2018
If you make customs declarations for goods imported from or exported outside the EU there are some imminent changes.
From August 2018, HMRC will start phasing in the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) to replace the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.
CDS will provide a modern, digital declaration service that can grow in line with the government’s trade ambitions. It will also accommodate new legislative requirements under the Union Customs Code (UCC).
Who is affected?
Businesses and/or their agents who make customs declarations for goods imported from and exported outside the EU. This could be directly on CHIEF or through a software provider.
How will CDS be introduced?
When you start making declarations on CDS, you will need to provide some additional information to comply with the UCC. This information will be in the imports tariff, which will be available on GOV.UK in August 2018 and in the exports tariff which will be available later in the year. Your software provider will also be notifying you of any changes to the way you make declarations.
CHIEF will continue to run for a period of time while businesses transition to CDS to ensure trade continues to flow as usual.
For more information on the Customs Declaration Service, please visit the CDS page on GOV.UK.