CDS – An Important Update From HMRC

Oct 21, 2022

CDS – An Important Update From HMRC

HMRC’s focus is to ensure importers make all declarations using CDS software. To do this, they have recently advised that they will continue to support declarants to fully migrate to CDS and stop using CHIEF.

They have asked us to update and share the below information with you:

Customs Declaration Service (CDS) software must now be used for all import declarations, being the only legal way to make them. The only exception is where HMRC have written to you granting permission to continue to use CHIEF to submit them after 30 September 2022.

You should not return to using CHIEF for import declarations, and if you continue to use CHIEF without permission, HMRC will act to remove your access.

How to get help and support

If you aren’t already subscribed to the Customs Declaration Service, you should act now to:

If you are ready to use CDS software for imports, but are not using it to make all declarations, you must do so now. If you need extra support, you should:

If you have any questions about CDS, you can contact HMRC, ensuring HMRC have the correct email address if you want them to use to contact you with future updates.

Updated CDS FAQs

HMRC have updated their CDS FAQs which can be downloaded HERE.

Please also remember that MultiFreight provide extensive information on our CDS Resource page, which can be viewed HERE.

Follow Us

Freight Management Software

One Product with an integrated suite of solutions


Customs Declaration Software

Standalone or Integrated solutions.


Increased Accuracy

Through streamlined workflows and an easy to use interface that ensures smooth data input.

Complete Visibility

Our built in business intelligence module provides you with complete supply chain visibility.

Grow More Quickly

With decision making at your fingertips and totally scaleable solutions for your long term future.

Related Posts