On 20 September 2022, HMRC announced an extension process
where businesses could apply to use CHIEF for their import declarations for a
short period of time beyond the 30 September deadline. The extension was in
response to feedback from trade partners and to provide a little extra time to
those that needed it to complete the move of their import declarations to the
Customs Declaration Service (CDS). HMRC knows many of their Trade Association
partners welcomed this move.
HMRC plans to close this extension process to new
applications on 31 October 2022. By this date, all companies who asked for a
one-month extension should be fully migrated to CDS. Declarants that applied
for a longer extension will find out this week if they have been successful.
Extensions beyond 31 October 2022 have been granted only in
exceptional circumstances, such as the software developer not being ready and
where the applicant provided HMRC with clear plans to show when the development
will be completed and when the applicant will start to use the new software.
Where extensions have not been granted, declarants will be
expected to make all their imports declarations on CDS. However, to accommodate
import month-end activities these declarants will be able to continue to use
CHIEF until 7 November 2022. Eligible applicants have been notified of this
decision in writing.
Those declarants whose extensions have not been granted can
ask for that to be reconsidered by replying to the email notifying them of the
decision and providing detailed plans that demonstrate the steps required to
complete the migration. This plan will be expected to include detailed
milestones and dates and demonstrate that the applicant is doing everything
possible to quickly complete their migration.