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CDS Incoming – Importers & Exporters Need To Act


As we mentioned last month, HMRC is introducing the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) soon, which is a replacement to the CHIEF system that currently handles customs declarations.

From 30th September 2022, the CHIEF system will no longer be accessible for imports, which means importers need to take action, the same applies to Exports from 31st March 2023.

Importers and exporters need to review and action the below items:

You must have a Government Gateway Account 

You will need to ensure you have a Government Gateway account. If you do not have one register here.

You must register for the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Since it can take up to 5 working days to complete your registration for CDS, we advise to start this process early, you can register here.  You will need your Government Gateway User ID (as above) and your password. You will also need: 

– Your GB EORI number 
– Your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
– The address of your business held on Customs records
– Your National Insurance number (sole traders only)
– The date you started your business

You must be set up for payment of VAT & Duty

If you have a customs deferment account, please be aware that CDS uses a different bank account to CHIEF, so you need to set up a new direct debit, you can do this here

You will also need to re-authorise Jenkar to use your deferment account, which is done in the CDS Finance Dashboard, find out more here.

If you do not have a customs deferment account, you will need to advise Jenkar how you wish to pay Duty & VAT from the new CDS payment methods – more details can be found here.

Jenkar are here to assist with the changes. Should you require more information on the above, or details of our customs declaration and brokerage services, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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