As you may be aware HMRC is in the process of transitioning from their current customs system CHIEF, over to CDS. For Imports the deadline for moving over is 1st October 2022, Exports is next April.
The below steps explain what is required – I have also attached a guide HMRC has released.
Most business will already have a Government Gateway account to access their personal or business tax account. You should use this account to access the Customs Declaration Service.
You can register for a Government Gateway account if you don’t have one already.
You need an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB. Most businesses moving goods in and out of the UK already have one.
You can apply for an EORI number if you don’t have one already. It’s free and it only takes 10 minutes to apply. You should receive your EORI number within a week, but it can take longer during busy periods.
You’ll then need to register for the Customs Declaration Service. This can take up to 5 working days.
You’ll need your Government Gateway user ID and password for yourself or your business. You will also need:
You can choose the payment method which is best for your declaration. You can view your balances and payments in the Customs Declaration Service Financial Dashboard, as well as grant and amend standing authorities for your payment accounts.
The main payment methods you can choose from are:
You need to give your broker or agent customs clearance instructions, which are compliant with the Customs Declaration Service. You may need to:
If you hold a CCG (Customs Comprehensive Guarantee) we will need your CCG CDS reference to use your deferment account.
If you are an authorisation holder for any other customs procedures (Warehouse/Inward Processing etc) and have been provided with a CDS reference, please send a copy over to us also.
You can authorise KTL directly through your CDS account:
Once you have signed-up for CDS and set-up your direct debit for CDS you will need to authorise KTL Europe (UK) to use your Deferment Account and/or Cash Account.
KTL Europe (UK) EORI is GB316234724000