BIFAlink June 2022


Policy & Compliance

Transitioning from CHIEF to CDS The Customs intermediary sector is facing a huge upheaval with the transition from CHIEF to CDS. Here BIFAlink explains the scale of change that the sector is facing and the need for early and thorough preparation

Having looked back on some internal records, the first note we have on the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is dated 26 September 2013. Therefore, it has taken nine years of planning and work on the new system to reach this point where it is being phased in by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system will be shut down on 31 March 2023. Going forward, when submitting either an import or export Customs declaration, Members will have to do so via CDS. In the foreseeable future it will become the UK’s single Customs platform.


June 2022

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