Customs Declaration Service (CDS) to become UK’s single customs platform

Customs Declaration Service (CDS) to become UK’s single customs platform

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stated that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a world-class technology-based system, will take over as the UK’s single customs platform on 31 March 2023.

HMRC will phase out its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. All firms will be required to declare products through the Customs Declaration Service as of this date (CDS).

CDS is now used to process declarations from Northern Ireland and the Rest of the World and has processed more than one million declarations since going live in 2018.

CDS is a critical component of the government’s aspirations for a world-leading completely digitised border that would facilitate trade and prosperity for UK businesses.

This announcement will benefit traders and the border business by providing certainty. HMRC is committed to ensuring a seamless transition.

CDS was created in conjunction with the border sector over a number of years and will provide a more secure and reliable platform that is capable of growing in pace with the government’s ambitious trade goals. The transition to a unified system for all imports and exports will also result in taxpayer savings.

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