HMRC will continue running its customs system beyond the 30 September deadline, amid difficulties migrating traders to the new platform.
Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) was expected to be switched off for imports at the end of the month, as the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) came into effect, with CHIEF continuing for exports until next year.
But today the government revenue service confirmed CHIEF would remain operational for those unable to switch to CDS.
It noted: “If you have been unable to migrate to the Customs Declaration Service to make import declarations, you will need to ask permission to temporarily use CHIEF from 1 October.”
The British International Freight Association (BIFA) and Agency Sector Management (ASM) welcomed the “slight easement” in the CDS implementation timetable – although it noted that those who had not attempted to switch would not be able to take advantage of the concession.
Source: The Loadstar