Customs Declaration Service

This page brings together information about the new Customs Declaration Service.

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will replace the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) service.

If you import or export goods outside the EU, you or your agent will currently 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.

Read about getting ready for the Customs Declaration Service.

For updates on CDS, register for the HMRC Business Help and Education email service.

The CDS updates will be under the education topic ‘trading with other countries’.

If you are making a declaration using CDS, follow the guidance in the UK Trade Tariff: volume 3 for CDS.

More information will be added to this page as the programme develops.



Published 7 March 2014
Last updated 16 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. You can now register for HMRC Business Help and Education emails about CDS from page.
  2. First published.