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Major Government Systems Outage - Sat 25th June

On Saturday 25th June, there will be outages across a number of Government systems such as CHIEF, CDS, NCTS and GVMS.

Please be advised that due to scheduled maintenance you will be unable to access the following online services:

Customs Handling of Import Export Freight (CHIEF)

Saturday 25th June 2022 from 22:00 to 23:00

Please see the below link for more details:



Customs Declaration Service

Saturday 25th June 2022 21:30 to 04:00 Sunday 26th June 2022

Due to scheduled maintenance you will be unable to submit declarations or amend your declarations to include your goods movement reference. Declarations submitted during the scheduled maintenance will be held in a queue.

Please see the below link for more details:



New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)

Saturday 25th June 2022 22:00pm to 01:00 Sunday 26th June 2022

Please see the below link for more details:



Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS)

Due to planned maintenance work on CHIEF, the CDS and NCTS, creating, updating, or embarking a goods movement reference will be affected.

Once the maintenance is completed, declarations submitted in this downtime will be processed.

If you need to complete a goods movement reference during the outages, make sure any Movement Reference Numbers (MRNs) you add have been created by your declarant and released before:

  • 22:00 on 25th June 2022 for NCTS and CHIEF
  • 21:30 on 25th June 2022 for the Customs Declaration Service

Carriers should continue to collect, validate and embark goods movement references for crossings during the period of downtime.

Goods movement references remain mandatory for freight movements using Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS). Hauliers without valid goods movement references will be turned away. You should not turn off goods movement reference validation during this period of downtime.

Please see the below link for more details:


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