CHIEF Imports End Date Looming

Updated: 7 days ago


As mentioned in a previous blog, the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system will soon be closing.


At the end of 30th September, businesses will no longer be able to make import declarations through the system, though export declarations will continue until the 31st March 2023.


Although most businesses have already moved over to the new Customs Declaration System (CDS), HMRC have recently stated that approximately 3,500 businesses have yet to do so.


While this is a vastly smaller number than the 220,000 HMRC were contacting about the move back in June of this year, the companies left to make the switch are running the risk of losing the ability to import.


“Registering takes time, so businesses should start moving to the CDS to ensure a smooth transition and avoid disruption to their business,” said Julie Etheridge, HMRC’s Director of Programme and Operational Delivery for Borders and Trade.


“Businesses need to move now or risk being unable to bring their goods into the UK.”


You can find out more about moving to the CDS via the Government’s Customs Declaration Service toolkit and checklist.


You can also read a step-by-step guide here.