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Why Is Everyone Talking About The Customs Declaration Service (CDS)?

Over the past two years, the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) has been in development for the processing of imports and exports.

The original plan was for the replacement of the ageing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system to be fully available and in use by the end of February 2019. This date has now passed and, as yet, only a handful of traders are submitting entries through the new system.


Customs Declaration Service - CDS - What You Need to Know

Why is the new system for imports and exports being implemented?

The implementation of CDS and the retirement of CHIEF are essential for a number of reasons:

  • Continuity of service with the ever-increasing number of entries being processed. CHIEF has been in operation for 25 years and  cannot easily be adapted to meet the anticipated numbers and additional data in entries.
  • The increased capability and information requirement of CDS will give greater visibility and reporting to traders in the future.
  • Compliance with the increased data capture is required for the Kyoto Convention.


What would happen if the UK left the EU without a deal?

It has been widely publicised that, in the event that the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union without a deal, it is possible that the number of import entries per year would increase from 55 million to 255 million. There are customs simplifications offered by HMRC that would reduce this number, but there would still be a significant increase in throughput.

With this in mind, there is serious concern that the current CHIEF system could not manage the sheer number of entries. This could lead to severe delays at ports and airports as the manual fall-back option would be unable to handle clearances and would focus on livestock, food, pharmaceuticals, fuel, and other perishables before general cargo.


How are customs entries for imports and exports different under CDS?

A lot of the same information is still required in a CDS entry as it is in a CHIEF entry, but there are a few key differences:

  • There is the requirement to enter the details of the shipper and seller AND the buyer and consignee if they are different.
  • Prohibitions and restrictions must be actively addressed for any restricted commodity.
  • For warehouse removals, there is a ‘dwell time’ set up between the entry being accepted and cleared.
  • CDS operates through the Government Gateway.


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What new tools are available with CDS?

Along with the capacity benefits that CDS brings, traders will see new tools available:

  • Checking Tariffs online
  •  Pre-defined reports
  •  Previous entry data available to view
  •  Apply for new authorisations and simplifications
  •  Online access to view deferment statements
  •  Digital self-service tools
  •  Online guides and information


Why you need to choose an expert logistics provider with CDS experience?

A number of customs entry software providers were asked to assist HMRC in testing the new CDS platform. This meant that they needed to adapt their solutions to include the new requirements. Once this work had been done, testing had to be done with ‘real’ data.

This testing had to be completed with an expert logistics provider to ensure that the extensive customs warehouse and compliance knowledge required was evident.


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CML’s experience with import and export entries under CDS.

CML has been making live CDS declarations for warehouse removals since the beginning of April, making CML one of the first handful of companies to go ‘live’ on the new system.  This experience will enable CML to assist its customers when the migration to CDS happens in full.

For more information on this, please refer to our recent press release, ‘CML Celebrates CDS Success.'

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