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UK customs: CHIEF ends – CDS will be the new standard


Wooden bricks form the word CDS as a symbol fot UK Customs Declaration Service
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Customs system changes are underway in the UK. UK imports will switch from CHIEF to CDS at the end of September 2022 and UK exports at the end of March 2023.

After almost 30 years of service the HMRC CHIEF system is retiring and is being replaced by CDS (Customs Declaration Service) which has been described as a system “founded on world-leading technology”. During the summer of 2022 Gerlach UK will transfer all Imports to CDS, with Exports being introduced in the Spring of 2023.

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Large changes have been made by HMRC to the information that is declared, and the way a declaration is built and our teams are working hard to make this introduction as easy as possible for both our colleagues and clients. We are helping to build the future of Customs in the UK. More information to come.

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