Businesses urged to move to new Customs Declaration Service ahead of September deadline

Businesses that import goods are being urged to move to the new Customs Declaration Service – or face being unable to import goods to the UK from 1 October.

Last year, HMRC announced that the Customs Handling of Import & Export Freight Computer system (CHIEF ) will be fully replaced by a new system called the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

A handy five-step guide has been issued to help you make the change. Find the guide, here.

The following urgent actions should be taken:
• Subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service
• Choose a payment method
• Manage your standing authority
• Issue customs clearance instructions

Staffordshire Chambers were proud to become the first organisation in the UK to complete an Export Declaration using the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) software in February this year.

If you have any concerns about your customs clearances or any other international trade question, please give us a call on 01782 202222. Alternatively you can send an email to

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