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Exporters urged to meet CDS deadline

HMRC has reminded businesses exporting goods from the UK that less than a month remains to move across to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

From 4 June 2024, all trade declarations must be made using CDS, instead of the Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.

According to HMRC, CDS provides businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined service with greater functionality. The system has been running for import declarations, and more than 117 million declarations have already been submitted through CDS.

“Those businesses exporting goods from the UK should already have migrated their processes to the CDS, but if this is not the case, there is no time to lose to ensure export declarations can continue as smoothly as possible,” says Nichola Mallon, Head of Trade at Logistics UK. “Businesses requiring help to make the switch can either appoint a customs agent, who can access the system and make declarations on their behalf, or access support online and register for the service at GOV.UK. Those without a customs agent need to prepare to make their own declarations using software that works with the system.”

A full CDS toolkit and checklists are available for exporters on GOV.UK here, which break down the individual steps traders need to take.  Traders can also subscribe to CDS alerts and access the free Trader Dress Rehearsal to practice submitting declarations.

“It is vital that exporters are certain of the processes involved in CDS before the deadline, to ensure goods can continue to move smoothly across the UK’s borders,” continues Ms Mallon. “Our message to members is to prepare for the transition to the new system as early as possible – don't leave it to the last minute to learn the new processes and ensure they are embedded in your business.”

For more information, please search CDS at GOV.UK

Published On: 16/05/2024 15:00:00


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