4 years later than planned, HMRC are making the move to CDS in 2022. But did you know that you might need to register for the Customs Declaration Service as a trader, not only if you are a customs broker?
Whilst CDS is replacing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system so that it can more data can be processed and harvested efficiently, it is also bringing with it more reporting and compliance capabilities.
Part of this the addition of more secure deferment and direct authorisation, which requires traders and freight forwarders to be registered on CDS and their Customs Comprehensive Guarantee (CCG) number to be given to their customs agent in order for them to transmit a customs declaration on their behalf.
Therefore, if your EORI is currently used on import declarations, you need to register for the Customs Declaration Service.
Why is CHIEF being changed to CDS?
Although CHIEF still works for the purposes of everyday import and export declarations in the UK, it is still processing far more entries than it was designed to do.
Additionally, the UK Government – along with the rest of the world – is moving towards digital customs clearance initiatives such as the Single Trade Window. CHIEF does not have the processing power to keep up with these newer-age technologies, and would hinder the UK’s advancement in this area.
When is the change being made?
CHIEF will cease import declarations on 30th September 2022,
CHIEF will cease export declarations – and be shut down permanently – on 31st March 2023.
Do I need to be on CDS?
Where do I register for the Customs Declaration Service?
You can register to CDS through your company’s Government Gateway Account. More information can be found on this link: GOV.UK