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HMRC internal manual

Export Procedures

Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) export declarations: Non Inventory Linked Environment (NILE)

Non inventory linked ports, docks and wharves (namely those not operating Inventory Control Systems) must also provide ‘Goods Arrival’ and ‘Goods Departure’ Messages to CHIEF.

The Goods Arrival Message should be sent by the person or company that has physical control of the goods from the time they reach the port. This is usually, but not exclusively the responsibility of the ‘Loader’. Approved Loaders will be issued with CHIEF badges and roles allowing them to send arrival and departure messages to CHIEF via the web.

The Goods Departure Message should be sent by the Loader within 12 hours of the vessels sailing, if the vessel is destined to a third country. For intra EU shipments departure messages are not required.

The Goods Arrival and Goods Departure messages will trigger responses from CHIEF, and these will be recorded as versions of the declaration and create an auditable record of events.