17 July
By Chris Gumbley
Categories: Government/Corporate/Business/HMRC/Industry News

Businesses urged to move to new UK customs IT platform now to avoid trading issues

The Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) which is used to make customs declarations to HMRC, will be closing for all import declarations on 30 September 2022. After 31 March 2023, the ability to make export declarations will end and the CHIEF service will close.

All businesses who import or export goods are being urged if they haven’t already, to plan ahead to make the move to a new customs IT platform – the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) - to ensure there is no adverse impact on trading. The current system has already stopped accepting new registration requests from importers. Instead, they will need to register with the CDS to make their import declarations.

The CDS supports making import and export declarations when moving goods into and out of the UK. It is a resilient, reliable and adaptable IT platform, which replaces CHIEF. It marks the first step toward the government’s vision of a Single Trade Window, which will have considerable benefits for businesses through reduced form-filling, better data use across government and a smoother experience for users. The UK Government states that the Customs Declaration Service represents a significant upgrade by providing businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system that offers greater functionality.

The changes ahead will effect customs agents, freight forwarders and any business which currently makes customs declarations using the CHIEF system, as well as businesses which use another party or agent to submit declarations on their behalf. Whether you make your own declarations or use an intermediary, HMRC is urging you to act now to plan and make your move to the Customs Declaration Service. It can take some time to complete the preparation needed and the sooner you start, the easier it will be.

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The above only provides a summary of what we know as of 15th July 2022. Find out more about more about using the CDS on the Government website here. To help businesses and agents plan their move to the CDS, HMRC has also published step-by-step checklists.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch with a member of the Naylor Wintersgill team.