220,000 businesses urged to move onto new single customs platform
Businesses are being urged to move onto HMRC’s new single customs platform before 30 September 2022.
More than 220,000 businesses are being contacted by HMRC to urge them to move to the UK’s new streamlined customs IT platform, if they’re not already using it. To continue importing goods, businesses must use the Customs Declaration Service to make import declarations, after 30 September this year.
The Customs Declaration Service has been running since 2018 and should now be used for making import declarations when moving goods into the UK. The service will replace the old Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF), representing a significant upgrade by providing businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system that offers greater functionality.
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.
Businesses with a customs agent must make sure they are ready to make their import declarations on the Customs Declaration Service by 30 September. Those without a customs agent must set themselves up to make their own declarations using software that works with the system before the 30 September deadline.
Lots of businesses use a customs agent to make declarations on their behalf. If businesses want to hire one, they can find a list of customs agents on GOV.UK. This list is regularly updated to show which agents are ready to use the Customs Declaration Service.
Larger businesses, such as freight forwarders and hauliers, must start working with their software developer, community service provider or agent to begin the migration process now.
There are only just over three months to go until CHIEF closes for import declarations and all businesses will need to use the Customs Declaration Service instead.
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