Customs Declaration Service is open for all export migration

19 March 2024


HMRC updates on the implementation of the Customs Declaration Service and the transition from the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight.

All businesses can now move their export declarations to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.

Businesses who have yet to move their export declarations to CDS will have a transition period to move across, until 4 June 2024. After this date, customs declarations cannot be submitted through the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service.

CDS is replacing CHIEF and provides businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system with greater functionality. It has been running since 2018 for import declarations and more than 100 million customs declarations have already been submitted through CDS, including more than 30% of all export declarations.

Sarah Hartley, HMRC’s Director of Border Change Delivery, said:

The open migration for exports from CHIEF to CDS marks a key milestone for HMRC, and we would like to thank all our partners who were involved in making this achievement happen.

We are encouraging businesses to move over as soon as they can so the transition to CDS is as smooth as possible for everyone.

More information about moving to the Customs Declaration Service is available on GOV.UK.

HMRC will continue to provide help and support to businesses moving to CDS in coming months and continue to work closely with the border industry throughout this process.

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Chamber International is providing an in-depth videoconference seminar about CDS for Exports on 30 June. Read full details of what will be covered and how you can participate here.

CDS for Imports will take place on 21 May. More information here.


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