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Transitioning to the Customs Declaration Service before 30 November 2023


Published: 01 Feb 2023 Update History

HMRC is writing to businesses that complete export declarations to make them aware of key dates for transitioning export declarations to the Customs Declaration Service.

From 1 December 2023, all export declarations must be made through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). 

Currently, certain export declarations cannot be made through the CDS – they must be made using the outgoing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. HMRC will be writing to businesses making these export declarations to inform them when they can start using the CDS. 

The anticipated timetable for the transition is as follows:

  • From late February 2023, export declarants that only use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) using software or the current National Export System (NES) web service will be able to start making export declarations through the CDS using either software or the new export declaration web online service.
  • In summer 2023, HMRC will work with all export declarants to ensure they are ready to make declarations through the CDS, by setting out the actions they need to take and signposting relevant guidance.
  • From September 2023, CDS will be open for making declarations for all export routes. This includes:
    • export declarants that use a mix of routes including the GVMS or inventory-linked locations;
    • export declarants that only use inventory-linked locations;
    • export declarants that use Designated Export Place movements;
    • export declarants that currently use the NES web service and will need to move to the new export declaration online service.

Businesses should ensure that HMRC has the correct email address so that they are informed at the relevant time.

Next steps

Businesses that have not already done so should carry out the following steps to prepare for making export declarations through the CDS:

  1. Apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number beginning with ‘GB’
  2. Subscribe to the CDS
  3. Read the latest CDS guidance on gov.uk

Businesses should contact HMRC if they have any questions regarding this.

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  • Update History
    02 Feb 2023 (01: 00 PM GMT)
    This news item was updated to reflect a change by HMRC to the proposed timetable for transitioning to the CDS.
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