HMRC begins to phase in new customs declaration system
New importers need to register with the Customs Declaration Service to make their import declarations from 5th July 2022, HMRC has announced.
All companies currently using the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CHIEF) will soon have to transition to the new system. The CHIEF system is set to close officially for all import declarations on 30th September 2022.
HMRC said that the new service represents “a significant upgrade by providing businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system that offers greater functionality.”
It continued: “This marks the first step towards the government’s vision of a Single Trade Window, which will have considerable benefits for businesses through reduced form-filling, better data use across government and a smoother experience for users.”
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) said that the new system could play an important role in the government’s plans to digitalise remaining import controls on EU goods entering Britain by the end of 2023.
Carol Bristow, director general for borders and trade at HMRC said that the new system “will become the UK’s single customs platform allowing for all businesses to submit their customs documents digitally and safely.
“It is straight forward for importers to register on the system and start making their import declarations as soon as possible.”