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Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Not only can we help with your Customs Declaration Service (CDS) but we also now offer fast and easy online quotations via our new online quotes portal.


HM Revenue and Customs recently announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will fully replace the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system by 31st March 2023. Services on CHIEF will be withdrawn in two stages:

  • After 30 September 2022, the ability to make import declarations on CHIEF will end and you must move all your import declarations to CDS.
  • After 31 March 2023, the ability to make export declarations on CHIEF and the National Export System (NES) will end and you must move all your export declarations to CDS.

Uneek Forwarding is already in the final stages of testing for migration to CDS and as such has completed much of the preparation work on your behalf already.

What we now need you to do, if you haven’t already done so, is register for access to CDS via the Government Gateway platform and authorise Uneek Forwarding as your customs Agent.

These are necessary steps that all importers/exporters must take to continue moving goods in and out of the UK once the CDS is rolled out – best to get this done now.

Register for a Government Gateway account (if you don’t already have one)

Most businesses will already have a Government Gateway account to access their personal and/or business tax account. You should use this same account to access the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). If you do not have one, you can register for a Government Gateway account here.

Register for the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Use this link to register for the Customs Declaration Service this can take up to 5 working days.

You’ll need your Government Gateway user ID and password as well as:

  • Your GB EORI number
  • Your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number – you can find this here
  • Address of your business held on customs records
  • Your National Insurance number (if you’re an individual or sole trader)
  • The date you started your business

Already registered for the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

If the government gateway states you have already registered for access previously then please proceed to the next stage via this link: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/customs/payment-records


Authorise Uneek Forwording Ltd to act as your customs Agent

Once your CDS registration is complete the next important thing to do is re-authorise Uneek Forwarding to act as your customs Agent on this new customs platform. You need to do the following:

  • Go to your Customs Financial Dashboard and log in
  • Click Manage Your Account Authorities
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The next screen will show any existing authorities you have listed by company EORI number. To add a new company such as Uneek Forwarding please click on the green button.

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Our EORI number is GB345686718000 and you should enter this in the field below.

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The next question asks if you wish to grant this company access to use either a cash or duty deferment account depending on what is applicable to you. Please tick all boxes.

Now they want you to confirm the EORI number is correct or may show you the company details to verify.

Finally, they are asking for a start date and we would recommend you start this from today.

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This next question will relate to whether or not you want us to be able to view the available balance of any deferment or other cash account with HMRC. If you select (No) we will still be able to process the declaration as normal.

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Now please complete your details.

The last screen will show you an overview of all your answers to the questions. Once you are happy this is correct please click the green button

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Please ensure that upon completion of the above steps, you email us at [email protected] to confirm this has been done and verify everything is in place.