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CDS export update; Key Dates released

As the UK customs authorities continue to modernize their systems, the CHIEF system will be replaced by the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) for export declarations. This transition will have a significant impact on businesses that complete export declarations, and it is important to be prepared and informed. In this article, we will provide you with the key dates and steps to take to ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

Key Dates:

  • From late February 2023 - Businesses that only use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) or the current National Export System (NES) web service will receive an email with details on how to start making declarations on the CDS.

  • Summer 2023 – All export declarants will be provided with guidance on the actions they need to take to be ready to make declarations through the CDS.

  • From September 2023 - All export routes will be open for making declarations on the CDS, including businesses that use a mix of routes, inventory linked locations, Designated Export Place (DEP) movements, or the NES web service.

What You Can Do Now:

To prepare your business for the transition to the CDS, it is recommended to follow the steps below:

  • Apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number beginning with ‘GB’.

  • Subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service to submit export declarations through the system.

  • Read the latest guidance on the CDS, including the Customs Declaration Service Toolkit, ‘Key differences between CHIEF and the Customs Declaration Service’, and the UK exports guide on GOV.UK.

Helpful Links

We recognize the significance of having a smooth and effective customs declaration process for your business. That's why we offer a range of services to help you with the transition to the CDS, including assistance with EORI applications, subscriptions to the CDS, and guidance on the latest customs regulations. With our team of experts, you can have peace of mind knowing that your customs declarations are in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with the transition to the CDS.


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