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Importers can seek permission for short CHIEF extension


Published: 20 Sep 2022 Update History

HMRC has launched an online application to request permission for continued access to Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) for imports beyond 30 September.

From 1 October 2022, businesses are required to make all of their import declarations through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). Businesses not yet signed up to the CDS should do so by using the guidance available here. There is also video guidance available on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

Businesses that know they cannot be ready for this date should consider using a customs agent to help them. A list of customs agents can be found here.

HMRC are allowing CHIEF badge holders that are unable to find or use a suitable customs agent before 1 October 2022 to seek permission for a short extension to use CHIEF for imports beyond 30 September. The business must have a clear business reason and will need to apply using an online form. The business will need its EORI number to do so.

Those that successfully apply for an extension will be provided with help to move to the CDS as soon as possible. Businesses using CHIEF for imports from 1 October 2022 without permission may have their access revoked by HMRC.

HMRC notes that a small number of declarants will be unable to fully migrate their imports. These traders can continue to use CHIEF for imports without having to apply for continued use. HMRC will contact these traders directly to let them know.

Further help and support

HMRC’s online resources:

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