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HMRC calls on businesses to get ready to move to customs IT platform over the summer

20:27 | 28/03/2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is writing to businesses to tell them about a change to the UK’s customs systems.

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HMRC calls on businesses to get ready to move to customs IT platform over the summer

The letter includes information about the work under way to move to a single UK customs platform - the Customs Declaration Service - and outlines what businesses need to do to prepare for the change, and what help, and guidance is available to support them through the process.

The Customs Declaration Service will become the UK single customs platform after 31 March 2023, replacing the Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. Ahead of the complete closure, the import declaration function will be withdrawn on 30 September this year.

The Customs Declaration Service is founded on advanced technology and provides an agile, scalable and secure platform which has processed more than 2.5 million declarations to date. HMRC is urging declarants to take advantage of help offered to start the migration to the Customs Declaration Service now – either by working with a software developer or Community System Provider, or by accessing the help themselves to get ready to move to the Customs Declaration Service which could take up to six months depending on the scale and complexity of the business.

Katherine Green and Sophie Dean, HMRC Directors General for Borders and Trade, said:

"We know the introduction of new rules can be challenging and appreciate all the efforts industry has already made to keep goods flowing. The Customs Declaration Service provides us with the capacity and capability to grow in line with the Government’s ambitious trade plans and to have the world’s most efficient customs system by 2025.We understand a system change can take time which is why we are asking businesses to start the migration process now.

We’ll do everything we can to support businesses to get this right. Help is available online, through our guidance on GOV.UK, our webinars and over the phone."

Gov.uk