23 January
By Simon Roberts
Categories: Government/Business/HMRC/Industry News/Taxation

Customs Declaration Service exporter deadline extended

Following consultation with the border industry, exporters will now have until 30 November 2023 to move across to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), 8 months later than previously announced.

As outlined in our previous news article, the Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service which is used to make customs declarations to HMRC, was due to close on 31st March 2023 with the ability to make export declarations through CHIEF ending.

From 30 November 2023, businesses will need to use CDS to make export declarations for goods they send out of the UK, as they already do for import declarations.

The CDS service will replace the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service, representing a significant upgrade by providing businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system that offers greater functionality.

CDS has been running since 2018 and is already being used for making import declarations when moving goods into the UK.

The changes 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.

We are here to help

The above only provides a summary of what we know as of 11 January 2022. You can visit the Government website here for further information about the Customs Declaration Service. HMRC will provide further information about the timeline for CDS exports by the end of January.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch with a member of the Naylor Wintersgill team on 01274 733184 or hello@naylorwintersgill.co.uk who will be happy to help.