HMRC are upgrading their Custom Declaration platform for the first time in over 20 years, replacing the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with the Customs Declaration System (CDS)
The last date for Import Declarations through CHIEF will be September 30th, 2022, with the last date for Export Declarations being 31st March 2023.
Most businesses will have by now already set up a Government Gateway account as it is required to access both personal and/or business tax accounts., however, if you do not yet have one you apply for a Government Gateway Account here.
Please note: You must have your own Government Gateway account, you cannot use an account of your Agent and/or another third party.
If you do not have one, you can apply for a GB EORI here.
Please note: if you have an existing EORI but it does not start with GB, you will still need to apply for a GB EORI Number, please click the above link to apply.
Using your Government Gateway account details, you will need to subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service here.
You will need to provide;
CDS uses a separate HMRC Bank Account to CHIEF, meaning you will need to set up a new additional Deferment Account, specifically for CDS here.
Once set up, you will need to authorise Unsworth (and/or any other freight forwarding companies you work with) to be able to use your CDS Deferment Account. This will need to be done via your CDS Finance Dashboard (through Government Gateway).
Nothing will change for you.
You will access your statement through the CDS Financial Dashboard.
This replaces the Flexible Accounting System (FAS), you will be automatically set up with a cash account once you have registered for CDS.
BACS, CHAPS, Online/Telephone Banking, payable by Debit Card, Corporate Credit Card or Cheque.
Use these to cover customs duties for one-off or high-value imports.
A general guarantee account allows you to provide multiple guarantees from the same account, rather than needing to provide separate guarantees, and continue importing goods into the UK and pay the amount due later, once the amount is agreed.
View your balance and payments in the Customs Declaration Service Financial Dashboard, as well as grant and amend standing authorities for your payment accounts.
The Unsworth Customs Solutions team are on hand to support you throughout this transition.
Contact us directly here, or email your Operator directly if you have any queries or questions.