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Customs Declaration Service

This page brings together information about the Customs Declaration Service.

About the Customs Declaration Service

The Customs Declaration Service supports making import and export declarations when moving goods into and out of the UK.

You can make declarations as soon as you have signed up to use the Customs Declaration Service.

Getting access to the Customs Declaration Service

Making a declaration

You’ll need to use the UK Trade Tariff to help complete your import or export declaration. You can also check how to import or export goods.

Making a payment

You’ll need to make payments to HMRC to clear your goods, you’ll need to choose which payment method you want to use.

If you work with an intermediary, or manage duty deferment accounts on behalf of others, you’ll need to register to use the Customs Declaration Service.

The Trader Dress Rehearsal service

You can use the Trader Dress Rehearsal service to practice submitting declarations, this is a free to use service.

Moving goods into Northern Ireland

If you move goods into Northern Ireland, you can use the Trader Support Service. It’s free to use and quick and easy, simply follow the steps on the Trader Support Service site to register. Once registered, you will need to digitally provide the appropriate information on the goods being moved.

Buying specialist software

If you’re submitting import declarations yourself, you will need to buy specialist software to interact with HMRC’s systems.

Published 7 March 2014
Last updated 1 November 2021 + show all updates
  1. Information about closing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023 has been updated for Northern Ireland movements.

  2. Information about closing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023 has been added.

  3. This page has been updated with information about the Customs Declaration Service and how to make payments.

  4. Information about how to check if you need to use the Customs Declaration Service has been updated.

  5. First published.