New HMRC Customs Declaration Service

Are you ready for CDS?

The way your customs declarations are processed is changing?

From the 1st October 2022 all import

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is the long-term replacement for the current CHIEF system – replacing a system based on paperwork with a digital platform.

To continue trading, from 1 October 2022 all international trade businesses must be able to complete their customs declarations via the Customs Declaration Service.

You must make sure to follow the 5 steps for moving to CDS before the 30 September deadline.

We recommend consulting the Customs Declaration Service toolkit for full information on the transition. If your appointed customs agent/s haven’t contacted you already, we advise making contact to confirm they are ready to use CDS and clarify future arrangements for completing your customs declarations.

For more information, contact our Chamber Customs team at or call 01483 735549.