Customs Declaration Service for Exports 

Online Workshop


Since 30 March 2024, businesses have been able to declare all their exports from the UK using the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), which replaced the outdated CHIEF system.  The launch of CDS represented a major change to the way in which customs declarations are made. 

This detailed, practical workshop provides essential and detailed information on what CDS is, and how to use it.

Attend this workshop to discover how customs declarations are done by clearing agents on your behalf, or if your business wants to be able to make its own declarations to customs.


  • What is CDS?
  • What are differences between CDS and CHIEF?
  • Explaining the terminology. What’s new, and who needs to provide the information?

-  Data categories

-  Data sets

-  Data elements

  • The eight data sets and their elements

 - Data set 1: Declarations, procedures and additional procedures

 - Data set 2: Previous documents, statements, documents and references

 - Data set 3: Exporters, importers, sellers, buyers etc (replacing   the SAD boxes)

 - Data set 4: Delivery terms (Incoterms®), tax lines, additions   and deductions, valuation 

 - Data set 6: Packages, quantities, goods description, commodity codes

 - Data set 7: Transport modes, identification, containers, seals        

 - Data set 8: Quotas, guarantees, nature of transactions, statistical value

  • Supporting documents - how does CDS differ from CHIEF?

-  Information requirements for a customs entry

-  Commercial invoice

-  Using the UK Tariff

-  Procedure codes

  • CDS tariff completion rules - where and how to access the information you need
  • Types of declarations - the different options available to you
  • Working with third-party declarants - the importance of instructions
  • Working through a CDS entry - a step-by-step demonstration
  • Sources of information and help for CDS

Our professional export training is delivered live online


Venue: Videoconference via Zoom

Date: 30 July 2024

Time: from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Online discounted cost: 


Regular Customers / Chamber Members £372 +VAT

Non-Regular Customers / Non-Chamber Members £392 +VAT


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