New Customs Declaration Service

September 27, 2018  |  

Getting Ready for the new Customs Declaration Service 

Businesses that import or export goods outside the EU will need to prepare for the new service for declaring these. We’re here to walk you through it.


The new CDS system will require more information from importers/exporters


As you may be aware, the UK Government will, over the next few months, be introducing a new customs processing system to replace the current one. The current system for creating customs entries and clearing goods into the UK – CHIEF, has been in operation since 1994, and with an increase in entry numbers and technology significantly improving since then, HMRC are introducing a new system called CDS (Customs Declaration Service)

This new system will be able to handle a much larger volume of declarations (which could increase dramatically subject to Brexit negotiations) and will offer an improved service. But there will be some changes and extra information required we would like to inform you about. The system is slowly being introduced now and we anticipate it going live with Southampton Freight Services Ltd between now and the start of next year.

Details are still being confirmed with HMRC, but the below is a list of some of the changes and information we will require from all importers

  • If you have your own deferment account (DAN) with HMRC, you will need to apply for a customs comprehensive Guarantee (CCG1 form) Please ask for details on this if it applies to your company**
  • We will need your DAN authorisation number to submit entries on your behalf under your DAN
  • If you use customs warehousing, you will also need to re-apply and we will require authorisation**
  • We will now be required to identify the buyer and seller on the entry as well as the exporter and importer 
  • Incoterms will be required on the customs entry
  • All importers will require an EORI number unless the goods are personal effects
  • Goods valuation calculation will be different – i.e. we can now declare discounts/transfers etc on customs entries
  • Your local customs office details will be required
  • Nature of transaction will be required
  • Tariff codes are changing so much more detail about the product being imported will be required
  • Paper copy entries will be no longer be produced
  • FAS will no longer be available but will be replaced with an alternative. More details to follow

 **Information is still being released by HMRC so not everything is clear as yet

We hope more details will soon be available from HMRC, as the information we will require from you, in order to complete your customs declarations, will change dramatically. Our aim is to help make this as smooth a process as possible!

In the meantime, if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to ask our import manager, David Scotcher, or import supervisor, Pete Harvey, or alternatively this link to Gov.UK has some further details.

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