HMRC has published a press release – Getting ready for the Customs Declaration Service – about the new service which will start its phased launch in August 2018. This will affect businesses that import or export goods between the UK and non-EU countries.
The new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will replace the ageing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system, with all declarations taking place on CDS from early 2019.
How this will affect importers and exporters
If a trader imports or exports goods outside the EU, they or their agent will currently be using CHIEF to:
They will still be able to do these things on CDS, but there will be differences:
Some additional information will be required for declarations in order to align with the World Customs Organisation Kyoto Convention, currently being implemented in the UK through the Union Customs Code (UCC):
To align UK customs data with international standards, there will also be changes to:
An updated tariff manual will be available in April 2018.
To keep informed about CDS, send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for email updates.