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Important milestones in 2024

Updated: 3 days ago

June 2024 - CHIEF Exports Ends

On 4th June 2024, CHIEF officially ended for UK exports. It is now essential for businesses to transition to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). Failure to switch will result in the inability to submit export declarations and higher costs resulting from outsourcing to third parties. To ensure a smooth transition, businesses should follow HMRC’s declarant checklist for CDS exports, which outlines all necessary steps.

Additionally, utilising the free Trader Dress Rehearsal (TDR) service will help businesses practice and improve their success rates in submitting live CDS declarations.

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1st July 2024 - NTCS5 transition begins


The implementation of the New Computerised Transit System Phase 5 (NCTS5) is due to commence on 1st July 2024. The original implementation date was set for 16th November 2023 but was extended due to feedback and formal requests from various stakeholders. The Common Transit Convention (CTC) authority provided the extension after several countries, including the UK, requested more time to transition. Apparently, the new deadline aims to avoid peak periods and other major government project deadlines, ensuring a smoother transition.


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31st October 2024 - S&S Declarations are required for all Imports


From 31st October 2024, all imports into Great Britain from the EU and certain other territories must have Safety and Security declarations. This enhances border security and prevents illegal goods from entering the UK. Businesses must prepare for the new requirement by familiarising themselves with the updated dataset and guidance from HMRC.


Who is responsible for making a S&S declaration


This change will mainly affect transporter operators. The legal requirement to submit a declaration lies with the carrier. describes this as the 'operator of the active means of transport on, or in, which the goods are brought into the customs territory.'

It also says, 'If your goods are travelling by roll-on roll-off: the haulage company is responsible for lodging the declaration for accompanied goods the ferry operator is responsible for lodging the declaration for unaccompanied goods'


Border Target Operating Model


The Border Target Operating Model, introduced by the UK Government, outlines new processes for importing goods into Great Britain, focusing on balancing effective border controls with simplified import processes. The model aims to enhance security, biosecurity, and public health by introducing streamlined and digitised processes, leveraging technology, and reducing paperwork. Developed with extensive stakeholder feedback and intergovernmental collaboration, the model addresses the need for robust controls while minimising the impact on businesses and supply chains.


On 31st January 2024 the UK government introduced health certification for imports of medium-risk animal products, plants and plant products, and high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin from the EU. The pre-notification requirements for low-risk plant and plant products from the EU were removed.


On 30th April 2024 the UK government introduced documentary and risk-based identity and physical checks on medium-risk animal products, plants & plant products, and high-risk food and feed of non-animal origin from the EU. The existing inspections of high-risk plants and plant products from the EU were moved from destination to Border Control Posts.

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