Key Changes For Customs CDS

May 24, 2022

We told you earlier this month that Customs are introducing their new CDS platform for import declarations, which effectively replaces CHIEF in September.

As we continue to focus on this major development, we take a look below at some of the key charges.

When Will The Changes Be Made?

  • CDS will replace CHIEF for import customs entries from 30th September 2022.
  • CDS will replace CHIEF for export customs entries from 31st March 2023.

Entry Input Changes

Boxes on current SAD entries will be replaced by data elements and approximately 25 % more information will be required to complete import declarations.

Deferment Account Changes

Current deferment accounts will remain valid, however CDS will utilise a new bank HMRC account. Therefore, a new direct debit must be set up.

Method of Payment Changes

In CDS, the method of payment cannot be amended once an entry has arrived. If deferment account has insufficient funds, importers will need to top up the account. Importers that pay by cash can add their funds on the CDS dashboard. Alternatively, a reference will be supplied for an immediate payment specifically by entry.

How will I produce documents like a C88 or E2 in CDS?

CDS is a paperless system and therefore doesn’t produce any documents. However, the AFSS (The Association of Freight Software Suppliers) have designed a standard document for our customers, which has been implemented in our CDS rollout.

In CDS Can We Produce Test Entries To Generate Tax Figures?

No, whilst TDR is currently in place for testing, CDS will not have a test system. Duty and VAT will only be confirmed once the live entry has arrived.

 

As a reminder from our previous article, there are two things you could be working on now to prepare for CDS.

  • Importers MUST register for CDS  – Start HERE
  • Importers with Deferment facilities MUST set up a new direct debit for their deferment accounts to work with CDS – Start HERE

We will continue to keep you advised of the key stages and developments as we approach September’s deadline.

In the meantime, should you require further information, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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