We have been through several challenges due to Brexit, and the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), the new UK customs system for import and export declarations across UK borders, is the next significant change.
The current system, Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) has been in existence for nearly 28 years and is used to process declarations and manage the movement of goods to and from the UK. It also uses paper-based rules and outdated software, and with the introduction of Brexit, the system was never designed to cope with the significant increase in volumes of UK import and export declarations.
The new CDS uses updated software, and single-use data elements allowing improved data accuracy, and is flexible and scalable. CDS is in line with the Union Customs Code (UCC) rules, which aim to standardise and streamline customs procedures. CDS will be introduced in the UK at the end of September 2022, for ALL imports into the UK.
In order to prepare for the transition to CDS, there are clear mandatory steps to be completed by the Importer of Record BEFORE CDS can be implemented:
Importers must also plan for a number of process and data changes required for CDS declarations:
All companies that import goods into the UK MUST complete these steps so BDP can continue to customs clear cargo into the UK. These compulsory actions must be undertaken by the Importer of Record and cannot be completed by BDP.
Whilst we are aware there may be challenges in setup, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, where a member of the UK CDS project team can support you and ensure your readiness for the introduction of CDS.
Imports - 30th September 2022 (CHIEF closed for UK imports)
Exports - 31st March 2023 (CHIEF withdrawn entirely)