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Customs Declaration Service - Be Prepared

Course duration: One day running 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Lunch and Refreshments included.

Comprehensive Export Expert manual of the topics covered is provided.



Whether you use an agent or make your own import and export declarations, being prepared for what is involved with the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is a must! You may qualify for grants for both training and IT improvements, now is the time to join us on this one day course to find out all you need to know.

Customs Declaration Service—what is it and why do we need it?
If you import or export goods from or to outside the EU, declarations must be submitted to HMRC via the computer system known as Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF).   The declaration containing the information of your import or your export is known as the Single Administrative Document (SAD), also known in the UK as C88.
  
CHIEF has been in place for over 20 years and is now old technology that needs to be replaced. It is being slowly phased out and replaced by CDS, a modern and flexible system that can handle the anticipated future import and export growth. 
  
When do I start using CDS and what will change?
When you start using CDS will depend on the software development or Community System Provider (CSP) you, or your agent, uses. CDS and CHIEF will run in parallel for a time, with import declarations being rolled out before export declarations.

You will need to be prepared for the important differences in the information you provide for the new CDS Declaration document. CDS requires information to be submitted by way of Data Groups, with new codes, and has a new layout. You will need to become familiar with this new layout and coding to avoid delays with customs clearance of your goods.

If you use an Agent to submit your import and/or export declarations, they will be asking you for instructions, to ensure the correct data elements are declared into CDS.  You are responsible for your declarations, and for performing management checks.   

Is CDS due to Brexit?
CDS has been a work-in-progress for several years, well before Brexit.  CDS is compliant with EU legislation - the Union Customs Code (implemented across the EU on 1-May-2016) and irrespective of Brexit, the UK Government still plans to comply with this legislation.  

Whilst currently import/export declarations are required only for trade outside the EU, Brexit may mean import/export declarations will be required for all UK trade within the EU.  

For those businesses who currently trade only within the EU and have no experience of making a declaration, this will be a challenge.


CDS Checklist—what do I do now?
Our one day course will ensure you are prepared for CDS, including: 

  • Ensure you have Government Gateway account & Economic Operator Reference Identifier (EORI)

  • Understand how the changes affect your business

  • If you use a software provider or agent, check they are aware and are preparing for the new CDS, and understand how to provide them with the necessary instructions

  • Comparisons and correlation between CHIEF SADC88 v CDS Declarations

  • Be aware of new CDS data elements – and how these apply to your exports/imports

  • Demystify customs terminology 

  • How to sign up to government alerts to keep updated with developments

  • Government funding may be available to assist you to prepare for CDS. Click Here for more information

Visit the Export Expert event page to see current course dates.