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Use it or lose it, HMRC warns importers

[ August 3, 2022   //   ]

HMRC is warning that 3,500 businesses risk losing the ability to import goods if they fail to switch to the Customs Declaration Service for import declarations from 1 October.

It says that while many businesses are already using CDS, around 3,500 businesses are yet to move from the former CHIEF system. As it can take several weeks to be fully set-up on the Customs Declaration Service so those waiting to register risk being unable to import goods to the UK from 1 October, it adds.

HMRC’s director of programme and operational delivery for borders and trade, Julie Etheridge, said: “There are now only two months left until businesses must use Customs Declaration Service for imports. Businesses need to move now or risk being unable to bring their goods into the UK.”

Declarants are being contacted by phone and email to inform them of steps they need to take and further information is available on GOV.UK,.

CHIEF will close for export declarations on 31 March 2023.