Customs Declaration Service – exporter deadline extended
HMRC’s Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system is being replaced by the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). CDS is intended to be a more resilient, reliable, cost-effective system which is adaptable to the future needs of businesses.
The last day to make import declarations through CHIEF was 30 September 2022. CHIEF was due to be closed for export declarations from 30 November 2023 (extended from the original date of 31 March 2023). However, HMRC have now announced that the deadline has been further extended, with a phased approach to implementation.
Selected “high-volume declarants” will move to CDS for exports by 30 November 2023, and all other businesses will move to CDS for exports by 30 March 2024.
The decision to extend the exporter deadline was taken following industry feedback. The extension will enable HMRC and delivery partners to build on the existing IT testing as well as undertake additional performance analysis while businesses with the existing IT functionality start to migrate. It will also enable HMRC and their delivery partners to better support export declarants to make a smooth migration to CDS.
Please get in touch if you require any advice or assistance in making the transition to CDS for your import and export declarations.