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:
- use the help and support available on GOV.UK, including HMRC declarant and trader checklists
- watch HMRC YouTube videos
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:
- use HMRC online guidance – CDS Declaration Completion Instructions for Imports
- watch HMRC step-by-step webinars for making declarations
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.