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CDS - The Customs Declaration Service - IMPORTS (VL-CDSIMP)

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HMRC is replacing the current CHIEF system with the new computer system – The Customs Declaration Service.

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This is a major change to the way in which export and import customs declarations are made and CDS will demand additional information from traders.

This half-day IMPORT course provides detailed information on the changes and the impact they will have on exporters and their agents.

The Customs Declaration Service will replace the CHIEF system in 2020 and will affect all exporters, importers and agents.

Delegates will learn about the new declarations and the eight separate data element groups.

Each data element group will be explained in detail, together with illustrative examples of how the changes will affect traders and what the new CDS declarations will look like in trader software.

The course is fully updated to include all the changes and uses CDS Customs Entry Software screenshots to illustrate the changes in complete detail.

At the end of this training session, delegates will have a good understanding of the new system and what is required to make CDS customs declarations to HMRC.


Registration: 09.45 Start: 10.00 Finish: 13:00


INTRODUCTION: What is CDS and when does it take effect?

THE CHANGES: What are the changes and how do they relate to the old CHIEF system?

NEW DATA ELEMENTS: Overview of what’s new and who needs to provide the information

CDS TARIFF COMPLETION RULES: Where and how to access the information

TYPES OF DECLARATIONS: What are the different declarations available under CDS


DATA SETS: Overview of the eight Data Sets and their elements (that replace the SAD Boxes)

DETAILS OF THE CHANGES: A box-by-box (Data Set) guide to what’s changed…

DATA SET 1: Declarations, Procedures and Additional Procedures

DATA SET 2: Previous Documents, Statements, Documents and References

DATA SET 3: Exporters, Importers, Sellers, Buyers etc (replacing the SAD Boxes)

DATA SET 4: Delivery Terms (Incoterms), Tax Lines, Additions & Deductions, Valuation

DATA SET 5: Countries, Locations, Customs Offices

DATA SET 6: Packages, Quantities, Goods Description, Commodity Codes

DATA SET 7: Transport Modes, Identification, Containers, Seals

DATA SET 8: Quotas, Guarantees, Nature of Transactions, Statistical Value

SPECIFICS ISSUES UNDER CDS: Looking in detail at the major changes…

VALUATION: Looking in detail at the changes and what it means for agents/importers

LICENCES: Why LIC99 can no longer be used under CDS and what must be done instead

DOCUMENT CODES: Why a positive statement is always required under CDS

COMMODITY CODES: Why you need to fully understand the TARIFF


IMPORTS: Working through a real completed CDS entry


Each delegate will receive a full set of course notes including a detailed glossary of terms. A certificate and CPD points are also available upon completion.

In order to enjoy the full benefits of this course, please ensure you have an Internet enabled computer and telephone (for log-in purposes). You don't need to be on Camera or Microphone - as long as you can see and hear our trainer, you're good to go!

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Strong & Herd LLP (S&H LLP) was formed in 1995 and has become a key player in export and import training. Many companies, large and small, have sent delegates to S&H LLP courses and workshops, and training by S&H LLP has become an integral part of these companies’ training programmes. All training courses are on international trade topics and delivered by professional tutors who have current practical experience in these areas.

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