Notice to Newly Registered UK Traders

Ahead of the CHIEF closure for exports, HMRC has advised that new CHIEF export badge permissions will not be issued after 20 March 2024.

CHIEF to CDS Migration Timeline

All businesses should move all their export declarations from our Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system to the Customs Declarations Service (CDS). Any newly registered traders should note that after 20 March 2024, new CHIEF export badge permissions will not be issued and that they must subscribe to the CDS.

Existing exporters still have until 4 June 2024 to move their last export declaration from CHIEF to the CDS.

How to subscribe to the CDS?

To subscribe to the CDS you will need the following information.

  • The Government Gateway user ID and password that you use for your business or organisation, or yourself, if you’re applying as an individual. If you
    do not have a user ID, you can create one when you start the subscription process. You cannot use an agent Government Gateway user ID.
  • Your Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB. Your EORI number and Customs Declaration Service
    accounts will be linked to your Government Gateway user ID.
  • Your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) — find your UTR
  • The business address that we hold on our customs records.
  • Your National Insurance number (if you’re an individual or sole trader).
  • The date you started your business.

When you have these details ready, go to the ‘Subscribe to the Customs Declaration Service’ page to subscribe.

There is also a YouTube video to show you how to subscribe to the CDS

CDS Customs Software

We understand that navigating a new customs service can be challenging. Our team of experts is prepared to assist you with a smooth transition from CHIEF to CDS.

Contact Thyme-IT today! We’ll be happy to discuss how our user-friendly customs software solutions can help your business thrive under CDS.