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Customs Declaration Service


The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) will be replaced by the Customs Declaration Service

11th August 2022

This means that now, all traders wishing to continue to trade with the EU must register for CDS, with only a short time remaining, your business could be at risk if you have not done so. ALS are on hand to assist to support your business to keep moving.

Services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages:-

  • Stage 1 - 30 September 2022: import declarations close on CHIEF
    Stage 2 - 31 March 2023: export declarations close on CHIEF / National Exports System (NES)

Step by step guide to setting up is shown below:-

1. Registration for CDS to be made

2. Deferment Account can be created or set up via Government Gateway (Authorize your Customs Broker to use it)

See HMRC services

* Ensure that ALS are authorised to complete declarations in CDS on your behalf, if you have a Deferment Account, ensure that
ALS EORI Number GB817486403000 is entered into the CDS Dashboard Deferment section.

3. Set up your Direct Debit

4. Authorise your Customs Broker

5. Complete the Direct Representation

Complete the Appointment of ALS as a Direct Customs Agent HERE and forward to Graeme Potter, UK General Manager - graeme.potter@als-europe.com or contact us and our team will be happy to assist you.

6. Discuss your requirements and the process with ALS

Provide ALS with your CDS Authorisation Number