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Farewell to the CHIEF – in 2023

[ August 3, 2021   //   ]

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will become the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023, says HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

HMRC will close its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) from this date, after which all businesses will need to declare goods through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

CDS is currently used for Northern Ireland and Rest of World declarations and has already processed more than one million declarations since it went live in 2018.

Ahead of the complete closure, services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages: import declarations on 30 September 2022, followed by export declarations on 31 March 2023:

HMRC directors general for Borders and Trade at HMRC, Sophie Dean and Katherine Green, said the announcement will provide clarity for traders and the border industry, adding: “We are committed to making the switch-over as smooth as possible and are working to ensure traders are fully supported with the new processes.

“CDS has been developed over a number of years in consultation with the border industry and will provide a more secure and stable platform that has the capacity and capability to grow in line with the government’s ambitious trade plans. The move to one system for all imports and exports will also deliver savings for the taxpayer.”