Guidance

Subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service

How to subscribe or check if you have access to the Customs Declaration Service.

Subscribing your Government Gateway user ID to the Customs Declaration Service will allow you to do things such as:

  • submit import and export declarations using software
  • get your postponed import VAT statements or get your import VAT certificates so you can complete your VAT return
  • pay Customs Duty and import VAT

How to subscribe

You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID and password that you use for:

  • your business or organisation
  • yourself, if you’re applying as an individual

If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you start.

You cannot use an agent Government Gateway user ID.

You’ll need to tell us:

Your EORI number and Customs Declaration Service accounts will be linked to your Government Gateway. You cannot apply for more than one EORI number using your Government Gateway account.

Subscribe now

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After you’ve subscribed

You’ll get access within either:

  • 2 hours
  • 5 working days (if HMRC needs to make more checks)

You’ll then be able to sign in with your Government Gateway user ID and password to use any of the following Customs Declaration Service services:

Add a team member

If you need others in your business to use your subscription (and the services it gives access to) you can add a team member when using your business tax account.

You’ll be able to control what each team member can access.

Help and Support

If you have any general questions about the Customs Declaration Service, contact imports and exports: general enquiries.

Published 10 December 2020
Last updated 28 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. The email address to report issues with subscribing to the Customs Declaration Service has been removed.

  2. Guidance has been updated with contact information for any general advice about the Customs Declaration Service.

  3. The email address to report issues with subscribing to the Customs Declaration Service has been updated.

  4. This page has been updated with information about how to give others people within your business access to the Customs Declaration Service.

  5. Information has been added to explain that you cannot apply for more than one EORI number using your Government Gateway account.

  6. First published.