Digital Customs Process – The Way Forward for Efficient Customs Declarations


Maintaining speed, accuracy, and compliance in today’s customs and logistics market is crucial. Technology has enabled the development of digital customs clearance services, eliminating customs brokers’ need for manual data entry and minimising your risk of exposure to delays, rejections, and fines.

In addition, clean data allows for more accurate reporting, which is crucial for internal and external audits, such as supply chain expenses or an application to become an Authorised Economic Operator (respectively). With each human entry performed, the risk of data corruption increases.

Customs Declarations UK has created a digital customs clearance solution that enables a solution for seamless processing of your declarations.

To learn more about our solution, please visit this page.

How does the digital customs process work?

All your documentation and information can be imported in an automated way, along with the ability to attach all the relevant documents. The declarant then reviewed this as if they were the second pair of eyes rather than the initial data inputter.

In addition, for inventory-linked declarations, a processed declaration can immediately feed into the Community Service Provider (CSP) system. This facilitates the sharing of information through the provision of accurate data.

Once the required additional information, such as the unique consignment reference or freight cost, is available, the import declarant will be able to initiate the clearance.

In addition to regular import and export procedures, the digital customs system provides the essential speed for time-sensitive movements, such as those requiring Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS), and secure traceability for those with T1 form obligations. Customs Declarations UK integrates seamlessly with the GVMS platform.

How does this work with various systems like CHIEF, CDS, and other EU equivalents? 

The information submitted into one system will have a similar entry point for the most part in our partner’s system for the mirroring declaration.

As the HMRC transitions to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), the electronic data interchange will get modified to reflect the new labels associated with particular data. The Customs Declarations UK platform has been designed to detect anomalies, enforce the required data validation and assist the users in submitting valid declarations.

We will continue to expand our systems so that you can do more with your data throughout your supply chain as we migrate more clients to the digital customs platform.

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