August 19, 2022
UK CUSTOMS: Are you ready for the change?

August 19th, 2022


All importers and exporters who participate in customs declarations in the UK need to be ready for the change from CHIEF to the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

On the 1st of October 2022 the current CHIEF system which handles all imports into the UK will switch over to the new CDS system (Customs Declaration Service). All exports will transition from CHIEF to CDS by the 1st of April 2023.

The current CHIEF system has been in operation from 1994 so the UK government have chosen to update this system and replace it with CDS from the 1st of October 2022.

What do these changes mean?

All customs declarations for goods imported or exported into/from the UK will then need to be entered to Customs through the new Customs Declaration Service system.

Phase one:
UK import declaration submissions through CHIEF
will cease as of Friday, 30th September 2022

Phase two:
UK export declaration submissions through CHIEF
will cease as of Friday, 31st March 2023

What do you need to do?

Register for a Government Gateway Account,

Apply for an EORI number,

Register for the Customs Declaration Service,

Add a direct debit for your deferment account on CDS, don’t cancel the CHIEF direct debit until the transitional period is over. (If applicable)

Authorise WCL to enable us to Customs clear your goods.

Register for CDS here –

Authorise us to be able to Customs clear on your behalf –

Any Questions?
Please get in touch with your local office

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