Import Customs update / CDS going live 1st October

Please be aware that the current HM Customs system (CHIEF) is being replaced by CDS, and all importers, exporters, agents, and

declarants need to be registered for CDS.

From the 1st of October 2022, all UK import custom declarations and from 1st April 2023 all export custom declarations will

need to be submitted via CDS.

We kindly request that you and any business you are representing, get registered now before the October deadline so we can

fully assist with your customs clearance requirements.

Please register for CDS now at:

Before you register, you will need the following information:

  1. Government Gateway ID & Password.
  2. EORI Number.
  3. UTR find your UTR. (Unique Tax Reference)
  4. Address or your business address held on customs records.
  5. National Insurance (NI) if you’re an individual or sole trader
  6. The date you started your business.

Once you have registered with CDS, if you have a CHIEF deferment account (DDA), you will now need to setup a new Direct

Debit Mandate for a CDS deferment account.

Importers and Agents will need to authorise declarants they wish to use their deferment account by the CDS Dashboard.

From your Dashboard, select view your customs financial accounts.

Set up a standing authority for your agent to use your new DDA. You can also authorise them to use your CDS Cash Account,

which is a replacement of the CHIEF FAS system.

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Importers and Agents will now be able to view all deferment/PVA statements from their CDS Dashboard and monitor who is

using their deferment/cash accounts.

All current C79 postal reports will now be downloadable from the Dashboard.

For further guidance, please visit HMRC at:

Also available are these YouTube videos.

How to subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service

How to set up a Direct Debit instruction on the Customs Declaration Service (one signature)

How to set up a Direct Debit instruction on the Customer Declaration Service (multiple signatures)

How to set up a standing authority on the Customs Declaration Service (one signature)