Guidance

Update to the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CIP8)

Find out which destination codes on the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CHIEF) will be updated on 1 October 2017.

Background

The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) Export RFC29 upgrade, introduced by the EU Commission, includes a number of changes that must be implemented by all member states at the same time so that export systems remain in alignment across the EU.

This upgrade will be implemented at midnight on 30 September 2017.

One of the changes included in RFC29 requires a modification to the combination of Box 1 (DECLN-TYPE) with Box 17a (DEST-CNTRY) that should be entered on export declarations for certain territories.

Change to the Box 1, subtype 1 (declaration type) for exports to certain destination codes

From 1 October 2017 there will be a change to the Box 1, subtype 1 (declaration type) on export declarations submitted for goods moving to the following destinations:

  • Andorra (AD)
  • San Marino (SM)
  • Island of Heligoland (DE)
  • Livigno (IT)
  • stores and provisions (QQ)
  • stores and provisions within the framework of intra-EU trade (QR)
  • countries and territories not specified within the framework of intra-EU trade (QV)

The correct declaration type to use from 1 October 2017 is shown in the following table.

Destination (Box 17a) declaration type
(Box 1)
An EU member state
or
Stores and provisions (QQ)
Stores and provisions within the framework of intra-EU trade (QR)
Countries and territories not specified within the framework of intra-EU trade (QV)
CO
A European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or Common Transit Country
except
Andorra (AD)
San Marino (SM)
EU
A third country
or
Andorra (AD)
San Marino (SM)
Island of Heligoland (DE)
Livigno (IT)
except
Stores and provisions (QQ)
Stores and provisions within the framework of intra-EU trade (QR)
Countries and territories not specified within the framework of intra-EU trade (QV)
EX

More information

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is unable to provide a phased introduction of this change. At midnight on 30 September 2017 the above validation of declaration type against Country of Destination will come in to force.

This will impact pre-lodged declarations for any of the above destinations that are submitted just before the change takes place (up until midnight on 30 September 2017).

The declaration type can’t be amended. Therefore it will not be possible to pre-lodge a declaration for any of the above destinations if the consignment arrives after midnight on 30 September 2017 when the validation comes into force.

We recommend that exporters, who intend to send shipments to any of these destinations, should delay preparing declarations until after the change and then use the new validation rules. This will prevent the need to cancel and resubmit a new declaration.

Everyone responsible for the preparation of export declarations is encouraged to inform all personnel involved.

Contacts details

If you require further information regarding access to CHIEF via the National Export System (NES), email: export.enquiries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

For further information regarding export policy, email: export.customspolicy@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

Issued on 8 May 2017 by Customer Strategy and Tax Design, Customs Directorate, HMRC.

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Published 8 May 2017