Brexit and Beyond!

Customs Declarations for Imports & Export

Single day masterclass (9.30 - 4.30)

If you are a customs freight agent or a business that uses freight agents and intermediaries to help you trade with the EU and the rest of the world, you need to know how to meet customs requirements now - and efficiently after the UK leaves the EU.

Accurate completion of a Customs Declaration is a vital part of the trading process and it is essential you are aware of all the information required to complete this legal declaration yourself, or to instruct a freight agent/intermediary to submit on your behalf.

This training course will highlight everything a business or intermediary needs to know in order to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently and is suitable for all levels - from beginners to more experienced.

If you import or export goods from or to outside the EU, you or your agent currently submit declarations 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.

Much of the information on the SAD C88 is entered by way of a code into numbered boxes (1-56), details of which are within the Volume III of the UK Trade Tariff. The responsibility to ensure SAD C88 declarations are accurate rests with the EU importer (in the case of imports from outside EU), and the EU exporter (in the case of exports out of the EU)​.

Why do we need a new system?

CHIEF has been in place for over 20 years, it is now old technology and needs to be replaced. HMRC has begun phasing in the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) to replace CHIEF. CDS requires information to be submitted by way of Data Groups with new codes. The CDS declaration document will look different to the SAD C88 and you will need to become familiar with the layout and coding of the new CDS declaration document to avoid delays with customs clearance of your goods.

Is CDS due to Brexit?

CDS has been a work in progress for years well before Brexit. CDS is compliant with EU legislation, the Union Customs Code (implemented across the EU on 1 May 2016). Irrespective of Brexit the UK Government still plans to comply with this legislation. Whilst current import/export declarations are required only for trade outside the EU, Brexit may mean import/export declarations will be required for trade with the EU. This will likely present a challenge to those businesses who currently trade only within the EU.

When do I start using CDS?

When you start using CDS will depend on your (or your agents) software development of Community System Provider (CSP). CDS and CHIEF will run in parallel for a time with import declarations being rolled out before export declarations. 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. The sooner you become familiar with these data elements the better prepared you will be for CDS.

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 effect 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 - how these apply to your import/exports
  • 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 (see link below)

To be prepared for CDS you need to know the CDS data elements!






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