Import and export signage

The first stage of the migration from CHIEF to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is complete.  Second stage (exports) is just around the corner with the planned permanent switch-off of CHIEF now scheduled for the end of November 2023.


From 30 September 2022, traders were no longer be able to file import declarations using CHIEF.  There were some ‘delayed transitions’ if certain criteria was met, but for the most part, migration to CDS from CHIEF took place.  At VARTAN, we’ve been working with customers to help them navigate error codes and in some cases, uncovering longer term issues with their entries costing their business £££s.

With export declarations following in November 2023, now is a critical time for all businesses to continue working on getting familiar with CDS and preparing for full CHIEF switch off early next year when export declarations go live. Being unprepared is not an option!

Corinne Robinson, our General Manager, says, “Our CDS training provides a good overview and can be tailored to your specific business needs; whether that’s full customs training or transition CHIEF-to-CDS training.  With our tried and tested methodology, we’re helping customers really dig into how they get their entries through.  Customers are delighted with the unique way we’re able to help them understand the new requirements and detect ways we can help save them money.  The team here at VARTAN are excited to work with a whole range of different customers and love nothing more than empowering them to make a difference.”


Please contact us to book your CDS Training with our experts – which can delivered either online or face-to-face.