HMRC has confirmed it will complete its much-anticipated migration to a new, more modern system for processing customs entries.

The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) will be fully closed on 31 March 2023 and replaced with CDS (Customs Declaration Service).

Phased closure

CHIEF will finally be closed in two phases:

  • On 30 September 2022, it will no longer be usable for import declarations
  • On 31 March 2023, export declarations will close on the CHIEF and the National Exports System (NES)

What this means for Importers

CDS does not generate a C88 or E2 document, both these are now combined into one document generating the Movement Reference Number (MRN). The MRN is a customs identification number that’s created each time a declaration is submitted for importing or exporting goods. The number generated is bespoke, allowing your goods to be uniquely linked to you and as such, it forms an important part of the audit process for your declarations with HMRC.

The MRN on CDS performs the same function and is equivalent to the CHIEF entry number (which includes the Entry Processing Unit (EPU) and the CHIEF Entry Number (ENO)) and is entered as the Goods Movement Reference (GMR)

Overseas Hauliers now need to enter the MRN on their GMR instead of the EPU and ENO.

For further information on MRN number please follow link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/930056/8120_CDS_Movement_Reference_Number__MRN__guide_v7_accessible.pdf

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