Custom DEclaration System

Crucial Update on CDS

Custom Declaration System Replaced CHIEF!

Welcome to the Milky Way Logistics blog! We are committed to keeping our clients informed about the latest changes in the logistics and customs landscape. Today, we bring you essential updates regarding the UK’s transition from the CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) system to the new and improved Custom Declaration Service (CDS). As of today, June 4th, CDS has completely replaced CHIEF, introducing new Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) and enhanced requirements for commodity codes.

What is the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)?

The CDS is the UK’s advanced digital platform for managing custom declaration. It has been developed to handle the complexities of modern international trade more efficiently than the old CHIEF system. This transition is part of the UK’s broader strategy to streamline and modernize customs procedures, ensuring they are fit for purpose in a rapidly evolving global trade environment.

Key Features of CDS

  • Enhanced Digital Platform: CDS (Custom Declaration System) is a fully digital system, enabling quicker and more accurate electronic submissions.
  • Alignment with International Standards: The Custom Declaration system is designed to harmonize with global customs standards, facilitating smoother international trade.
  • Increased Specificity: New CPCs provide more detailed classifications for goods, reducing the likelihood of errors in custom declaration.

New Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs)

Customs Procedure Codes are crucial for the proper classification and treatment of goods during import and export. Here’s how the new CPCs under CDS benefit Milky Way Logistics:

  1. Greater Specificity: The new CPCs used in Custom declaration System offer more precise descriptions of customs procedures, enhancing accuracy and compliance.
  2. Simplified Procedures: These codes are designed to simplify custom declaration by aligning more closely with international standards.
  3. Digital Efficiency: Integration into the CDS platform supports faster processing and reduces the need for paper documentation in Custom Declaration.

Examples of New CPCs:

  • CPC 4000C09: Used for goods imported under a temporary admission procedure, ensuring they can be re-exported within a defined period without additional duties.
  • CPC 6123E15: Facilitates the export of goods under a simplified declaration process, speeding up customs clearance for low-risk consignments.
  • CPC 7100N01: Applied to the re-importation of goods previously exported temporarily, exempting them from additional duties upon return.

Commodity Codes and Additional Details

Commodity codes classify goods for customs purposes, determining the duties and regulations applicable to them. Under CDS, these codes require additional details to ensure accurate processing. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Detailed Descriptions: Commodity codes now require more detailed descriptions of the goods, including their composition, use, and origin.
  2. Supporting Documentation: Additional documents, such as product specifications or certificates of origin, may be required to support the commodity code.
  3. Compliance with Regulations: Accurate commodity codes ensure compliance with international trade regulations, preventing delays and penalties.

Example of Enhanced Commodity Code Requirements:

  • Product: Electronic Components:
    • Old CHIEF Requirement: Basic description and code.
    • New CDS Requirement: Detailed description, including the specific type of components, their material composition, intended use, and origin. Supporting documents such as technical specifications may also be required.

Preparing for the Transition

To ensure a smooth transition to CDS, Milky Way Logistics has taken several steps:

  • Training Programs: Our staff has undergone comprehensive training on the new CDS system and CPCs to provide expert guidance and support.
  • System Upgrades: We have updated our internal systems to seamlessly integrate with the CDS platform, ensuring efficient processing of all customs declarations.
  • Client Support: We are here to help our clients navigate these changes. If you have any questions or need assistance with your customs declarations, our team is ready to provide support.


The complete transition to the Customs Declaration Service marks a significant advancement in the UK’s customs procedures. At Milky Way Logistics, we are committed to leveraging these changes to enhance our services, ensuring efficient and compliant customs clearance for all your shipments. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates and insights on navigating the complexities of international trade.

For further information or assistance with your customs declarations, please contact our expert team at Milky Way Logistics. We are here to ensure your goods move smoothly across borders, adapting to the latest customs requirements with ease.