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New customs declaration service

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HMRC is to begin a phased introduction of its new customs declaration service (CDS) from August 2018. The CDS is one of the ‘technology-based solutions’ outlined in the government’s paper on the UK’s future customs arrangements, although development of the service began before the referendum on leaving the EU.

The CDS is due to replace the existing CHIEF system fully for imports/exports outside the EU in early 2019. Importers, exporters and agents can register now for email updates from HMRC and will be told by software providers when to supply the additional information needed for declarations on CDS.

HMRC is currently building and testing the CDS with industry, software providers and community system providers, who operate computerised inventory systems controlling the movement of import and export freight at UK ports and airports. Some additional information will be required for declarations in order to align with the World Customs Organisation Kyoto Convention, currently being implemented in the UK through the Union Customs Code (UCC).

The National Audit Office warned in July of the risks to timely implementation of the new system, including uncertainty around the detail of customs arrangements after March 2019 and the potential increase in volumes the CDS will have to cope with once the UK leaves the EU.


Issue: 1386
Categories: News , Indirect taxes , VAT