The Government has plans to have the world’s most efficient customs system by 2025. The new Customs Declaration Service is a modern IT platform which will replace CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight)
The CHIEF system will close in 2 phases:
You’ll then need to declare all goods you import into or export from the UK through the Customs Declaration Service.
At KTL we can complete all your customs needs but you are still required to register and confirm KTL as agent to act on your behalf. Make sure you follow the steps below to ensure you are ready and avoid any issues
Step 1: Register for a Government Gateway account
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.
Step 2: Apply for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number
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.
Step 3: Register for the Customs Declaration Service
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:
Step 4: Choose which payment method to use
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 can also choose:
Step 5: Instruct your customs broker or agent
You need to give your broker or agent customs clearance instructions, which are compliant with the Customs Declaration Service. You may need to:
(Taken from HM Revenue & Customs, gov.uk website which was updated on the 15th August 2022)