U.K. Customs Declaration System

How to Prepare for the U.K. Customs Declaration System Transition

New HM Revenue and Customs Declaration Service to Launch in United Kingdom in September 2022

While CDS is scheduled to launch in September 2022, customers will be able to make import declarations in the current system, CHIEF, through Sept. 30, 2022, as well as export declarations through March 31, 2023.

UK EORI importers MUST register Government Gateway accounts to implement CDS

AIT’s U.K. customers will migrate automatically into the new CDS system; however, traders should still be aware of the following requirements for CDS enrollment:

Traders should also consider:

  • Reviewing the changes to import and export tariffs
  • Any training or information your business needs to provide to your staff, for example, instruction on the new data elements necessitated by Northern Ireland Protocol legislation
  • Any changes to finance processes, for example, setting up a new direct debit for a duty deferment account, or re-authorising your current customs clearance agent
  • Whether your business details (email and business address) match our records, or if they need updating
  • Whether your business would benefit from using the free, trader dress rehearsal service to help you prepare for the CDS



Watch this webinar with information about how to set up a standing authority on the Customs Declaration Service.

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    • Real-time status tracking
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  • Risk management with Incoterms support
  • And much more!

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