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Customs declaration deadline

13 May 2024

A reminder that businesses must submit all export declarations through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) by 4 June. Businesses exporting goods have less than one month left to move across to the CDS, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced

Businesses need to submit all export declarations through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) by 4 June. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced today that businesses exporting goods have less than a month to switch to the CDS.

From 4 June this year, the CDS will replace the Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system for all trade declarations. The CDS, a more user-friendly and streamlined system with greater functionality, has been in operation since 2018 for import declarations. Over 117 million customs declarations have already been submitted through the CDS.

HMRC is urging all declarants and traders to access the available support now and switch to the CDS. They are working closely with the border industry and directly contacting all parties involved.

Businesses that employ customs agents should make sure their agent is prepared to use the CDS. Those without a customs agent need to get ready to make their own declarations using compatible software.

GOV.UK provides further information, including a CDS toolkit and checklists that outline the steps traders need to take. Traders can subscribe to CDS alerts and use the free Trader Dress Rehearsal to practice submitting declarations.

In light of these changes, it’s crucial for businesses to adapt swiftly and efficiently. The transition to the CDS is a significant step towards modernizing and simplifying the process of trade declarations. By embracing this change, businesses can ensure they remain compliant, avoid potential penalties, and continue their operations smoothly. The HMRC and other support systems are ready to assist during this transition, making it as seamless as possible. This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of trade procedures, marking a new era of efficiency and user-friendliness.

Source: Other Mon, 13 May 2024 00:00:00 +0100

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