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HMRC Has Announced That All New Importers Must Register with CDS

The Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) has stopped accepting new registration requests from importers from 10am on 5 July 2022. From 1 October 2022, all declarations for import movements will have to be made through the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS). CHIEF and the National Export System (NES) will definitively retire on 31 March 2023 when will stop receiving export declarations, which means that exporters will also need to use CDS from next spring.

Please note that this change is not optional: should importers/exporters (or their agents acting on their behalf) fail to provide a correct CDS entry, goods will be stuck at the border.

CDS is structured to collect more information on each movement of goods in order to provide HMRC with an improved overview of imports and exports. As a result, both importers and exporters will have to provide more information than is currently required for declarations made via CHIEF; an estimated 20 additional data elements are expected to be provided in an import declaration.

It is also worth remembering that your organization is responsible for any declaration errors made by your customs broker, therefore, in the event of missing data or inaccurate instructions, you may suffer a delay in clearing the goods until the issue is solved, resulting in delayed shipments and additional costs.

Why ChamberCustoms

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is an HMRC compliant customs broker with offices in Manchester City Centre and Manchester Airport with direct links to all sea, air, rail, road ports, and terminals in the UK, ready to help traders keep control while we do the hard stuff, and always acting in their best interests every step of the way.

ChamberCustoms is the only customs agent with direct links to all air, sea, and land port terminals in the UK.

We are different from other customs brokers and customs clearance services as we harness the reach, expertise, and knowledge of the British Chambers of Commerce network across the UK to offer an unbeatably fast, reliable, and compliant service.

Our experienced team can help your business get ready for the transition to CDS, offering practical instruction on:

- Helping you understand where to get the necessary information for the new CDS system

- UK brokerage services

- A high level of compliance and assurance for customers

- Confidence on tariff and data entry to remove fiscal risk; backed by the technical expertise

- A wealth of international trade experience and expertise - access customs & general international trade advice from our award-winning team and wide network for associates and approved suppliers

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