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An introduction to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

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Durham County Cricket Club

Fosters Lounge(Tower 3, level 2)

Chester-le-Street

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An introduction to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Event 10th September 2019

Venue: Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street (Fosters Lounge, Tower3, level 2)

Time: 1pm (for 1.30pm) start until 3.30-4pm

Cost: £50 + VAT Standard Chamber members and Non-members (Free to North East England Chamber Global members - up to 2 delegates per company)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has begun a phased launch of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). CDS will replace the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system, with all declarations taking place on CDS eventually.

CHIEF currently processes declarations to facilitate the international movement of goods between the UK and non-EU countries. CHIEF will continue to run for a time to aid the transition to CDS.

Why CDS is replacing CHIEF

CHIEF is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated electronic services for managing customs declaration processes, but it’s nearly 25 years old and can’t be easily adapted to new requirements.

The decision to replace CHIEF with CDS was made before the EU referendum, however CDS will be scaled to handle any potential increases in the volume of declarations that may result from the UK’s exit from the EU.

If you are currently importing goods from, or exporting goods, to countries outside the EU, then you or your freight forwarder will be using CHIEF to:

  • process declarations for goods entering and leaving the UK or EU through ports and airports

  • calculate and pay the correct duty and taxes

  • complete customs information electronically

These functions will be available on CDS but there will be differences with the new service.



When the UK leaves the EU, one of the many changes will be that every movement of goods in or out of the UK will require a customs declaration as the UK becomes a 3rd country. HMRC are very clear that the accuracy of customs declarations are the responsibility of the importer or exporter and not that of their agent who would normally be acting in the in the capacity of 'direct representative'.

We are therefore delighted to invite John Griffiths the local HMRC International Trade Development Liaison Officer (ITDLO) will provide an update on CDS.

John’s presentation will feature:

  • an overview of CDS

  • a walkthrough of the first type of declaration made via CDS

  • and details of new information that will be required from Importers by their freight forwarders in order to complete a declaration on their behalf

Our event is essential for freight forwarders and customs agents but also for any exporting/importing businesses that want to know more about how their customs declarations are done on their behalf and those that may wish to process their own customs declarations post Brexit. It is important to stress once again that businesses actively involved in international trade understand that the responsibility for the accuracy of all customs declarations made in their name (EORI number) lies with them and not their agent.


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Durham County Cricket Club

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Chester-le-Street

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