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Customs Declaration Service – Roll Out Begins

As outlined in previous posts, Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is a huge project being led by HMRC which will be used by any business that sends or receives goods internationally. The replacement of CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import/Export Freight), which is the system HMRC has been using for import and export declarations since the 1990’s, CDS is the mechanism through which traders will inform HMRC of incoming and outgoing movements of physical materials.

Export declarations will not be ready by June - CDS (Customs Declaration Service) update

We posted a blog last year on the HMRC project to upgrade the ageing CHIEF system which handles import and export declarations, detailing how this project has taken on extra significance in the face of Brexit.


Since then we have attended several CDS workshops with the project stakeholders, several association meetings and started developing the required changes in our own software. We now understand the ability to process export declarations will now not be ready by the July go-live, but with the new Brexit transition agreement, how will this effect you?


What is CDS and why is it an important part of Brexit?

CDS stands for the 'Customs Declaration Services' programme and is a large scale implementation currently being undertaken by HMRC to replace the CHIEF servers (these are the servers which currently process all import, export & freight declarations). The new CDS system is due to be rolled out in December 2018, but the project has just been given an unofficial amber-red status by HMRC.