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THE UK INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT SERVICES INDUSTRY

Update On CDS Transition For Imports

From 1st October 2022, businesses will need to make all their import declarations using the Customs Declarations Service.

As registration and implementation can take time, HMRC has been urging businesses to move to the Customs Declaration Service now and are providing help and support to help trade prepare for the change. The Department has also been advising importers to use customs agents that can make import declarations for them, where importers are unable to do so.

However, it is understood that some traders may not be able to fully migrate in time, which is why HMRC is allowing CHIEF badge holders to seek permission for a short extension to use CHIEF beyond 30th September, if they have a clear business reason. They will be able to apply using an online form.

HMRC would like to thank BIFA Members for their ongoing assistance in supporting the migration. It is appreciated that they have been sharing important messages about these changes with your groups and customers through your own communication channels.

This week, HMRC has asked that Trade Associations share the following key messages below with their Members about the continued access process:

  1. Import declarations need to be made using the Customs Declaration Service from 1st October 2022. Trade needs to act now and there is help and support available on Gov.UK and YouTube

  2. If importers know they can’t be ready for that date, they should consider using a customs agent who can help them. A list of customs agents is available HERE
     
  3. If customs agents/ importers are unable to use CDS for their import declarations, HMRC is allowing CHIEF badge holders to seek permission for a short extension to use CHIEF beyond 30th September, if they have a clear business reason.  Applications to do so need to be made using an online form and further details are available on Gov.UK

  4. Those that successfully apply for an extension will be provided with help and support to move to the Customs Declaration Service as soon as possible

  5. A limited group of declarants are unable to fully migrate their imports therefore they can continue to use CHIEF for imports without having to apply for continued use. HMRC will contact those declarants directly to let them know

  6. If declarants continue to use CHIEF from 1st October 2022 without permission, HMRC reserves the right to remove their access 

 

Help and support emails and letters

Today HMRC has sent emails and letters to the following groups of declarants, which are attached for reference and circulation to your customers:



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