The Customs Declaration Service supports the UK’s trade with the:
rest of the world
It plays an essential role in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) to Northern Ireland movements.
HMRC is closing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. The Customs Declaration Service is replacing it as the UK’s single customs platform.
All businesses will need to declare goods using the Customs Declaration Service.
HMRC will gradually reduce CHIEF services, with functionality switched-off in 2 phases from:
Friday 30 September 2022, you will not be able to make import declarations using CHIEF
Friday 31 March 2023, you will not be able to make export declarations using CHIEF and the National Export System (NES)
Check if you need to use the Customs Declaration Service
You will need to make declarations on the Customs Declaration Service if you move goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. There are some limited exceptions when you need to submit an export declaration on the Customs Declaration Service for a movement of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.
In due course, all declarations into and out of Northern Ireland will need to be made on the Customs Declaration Service.
If you move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you can use the Trader Support Service (TSS). It’s free to use and quick and easy, simply follow the steps on the TSS site to register. Once registered, you will need to digitally provide the appropriate information on the goods being moved – the new service will deal with all associated processes.
If you make your customs declarations on CHIEF and are only using the Customs Declaration Service to get the import VAT statements that you need to complete your VAT return, you can find out more about how to get your postponed import VAT statement.
How you can get access to Customs Declaration Service
You can ask someone to complete declarations for you, using an intermediary or enabled software provider to submit your declarations from 1 January 2021.
Completing a customs declaration can be complicated and you’ll need compatible software to do it. If you already have the correct software, authorisations and skills in place, you can choose not to outsource to a specialist, instead you can take steps now to access the Customs Declaration Service.