The UK government has once again reiterated to all UK businesses that they will risk “significant delays” to their imports if they don’t switch to the UK’s new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) before the switch over in September 2022.
With only two months left until traders must use the CDS system for all imports entering the UK, businesses must act today and get registered or they will risk being unable to bring their goods into the UK result in delays to their supply chain and potentially large fines.
Registering is easy but it takes time.
All traders that import into the UK should make sure that their customs agents are prepared to use the new CDS system ahead of 30th September switch over from the old CHIEF system. After this date no import entries can be submitted via CHIEF.
“Registering takes time so businesses should start moving to the Customs Declaration Service to ensure a smooth transition and avoid disruption to their business,” the government department said. With the new changes coming into effect, it is recommended that traders and agents properly understand the new requirements and elements of the CDS system and to ensure that their software systems are ready to support the switch over.
Once registered, businesses that use a duty deferment account will need to set up a new direct debit with HMRC as they will not be able to use their CHIEF deferment account. Without this, immediate payments will be required to be made each time an import declaration is made resulting in possible delays.
The team at Westmond Logistics have been developing the Customs Declaration Service with HMRC and have been submitting live entries for over 2 years to the system. With our experience of the new requirements and elements of the new system, we can ensure that our clients supply chain are not affected and that they remain customs compliant.
All our clients will be switched to the new CDS system from 1st September ahead of the switch over and are advised to register for the CDS system to access their deferment account, C79 reports etc by signing into their government gateway account via the link below.
Clients are also advised to setup new duty deferment account with HMRC and can do so by emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for a new customs broker to handle your customs requirement or would like to compare your current brokers costs, get in contact with a member of the team today.
Switch today, don’t delay.