Chamber warns of threat to importers
HMRC’s Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system will be replaced by the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) on October 1 for companies importing goods from abroad.
All businesses need to move to the Customs Declaration Service now. If you do not, you will not be able to import goods into the UK from 1 October 2022.
Even if you use a customs agent to help you with customs declarations, there are still actions you need to take. You need to:
subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service
choose a payment method
check your standing authorities are correctly set up
give your customs agent, customs clearance instructions
It takes a number of weeks to move across, so you should subscribe today.
HMRC’s trader checklist will help you make sure you’ve taken the necessary steps.