We are now just ten days away from the migration over to CDS from the outgoing CHIEF customs system, with the latter set to close for imports after 30th September.
However, HMRC have now confirmed that some agents and traders may be granted a short extension to continue using CHIEF for import declarations if they have a clear and valid business reason to do so.
In order to be granted permission, you can complete the online form HERE.
Those that successfully apply for an extension will be provided with help and support to move to the Customs Declaration Service by HMRC. They also confirm that users who continue to use CHIEF without permission from 1st October may have their access removed.
The latest information that we have from HMRC is as follows.
- Import declarations need to be made using the Customs Declaration Service from 1 October 2022. You need to act now and there is help and support available on Gov.UK and YouTube.
- If you know you can’t be ready for that date, you should consider using a customs agent who can help you. We have a list on Gov.UK.
- If you are unable to use CDS for your import declarations or use a customs agent, we are allowing CHIEF badge holders to seek permission for a short extension to use CHIEF beyond 30 September, if you have a clear business reason. You need to apply using an online form and further details are available on Gov.UK.
- Those that successfully apply for an extension will be provided with help and support to move to the Customs Declaration Service as soon as possible.
- A limited group of declarants are unable to fully migrate their imports so can continue to use CHIEF for imports without having to apply for continued use. We will contact those declarants directly to let them know.
- If you continue to use CHIEF from 1 October 2022 without permission, HMRC reserves the right to remove your access.