Date: 12.08.2021

Metro ready for UK’s new single customs platform – are you?

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) announced last week that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a system integrated with our market-leading technology, will serve as the UKs single customs platform from 31st March 2023.

Operating since 1994, HMRC is finally retiring its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31st March 2023, from when all customs declarations will be submitted through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

HMRC’s announcement that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will serve as the UK’s single customs platform from 2023 will end the current period of dual-running that has been operating with CHIEF.

CDS is currently used for Northern Ireland and Rest of World declarations and has already processed more than one million declarations since it went live in 2018.

Ahead of the complete CHIEF closure on the 31st March 2023, services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages:

  • 30th September 2022: import declarations close on CHIEF
  • 31st March 2023: export declarations close on CHIEF / National Exports System (NES)

CDS is a key part of the government’s plans for a fully digitised border, in line with its 2025 UK border strategy.

Metro has been directly involved in the development of CDS, through the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC), as active members of The Association of Freight Software Suppliers and the British International Freight Association.

With the UKs exit from the EU, and the migration to the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) the changes to Customs procedures and systems will have a huge impact on importers and exporters.

Our brokerage team, which is one of the UK’s largest dedicated team of customs experts, are available to review your situation and provide advice on CDS migration and compliance.

Metro automate and submit customs declarations via CHIEF and CDS platforms through our CuDoS system, which is optimised in line with HMRC and EU regimes.

Please contact Simon George, leading our customs and brokerage business unit, for further information and assistance on CDS and automating your customs declarations.