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Glossary

CHIEF

Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) is an electronic system currently employed by the UK government to manage customs declaration processes. CHIEF facilitates the National Export System (NES) by serving as an electronic gateway for submitting customs declarations.

CHIEF records the movement of goods by land, air and sea. CHIEF also allows importers, exporters and freight forwarders to complete customs formalities electronically and automatically checks for entry errors.

CHIEF has served as the primary customs declaration system for over 20 years. As of March 30, 2024, CHIEF is no longer accepting new export declarations, and businesses will now have to submit import and export declarations through CDS.

While stepping down, CHIEF leaves a mark on the UK trade administration. CHIEF has paved the way for electronic declarations and streamlined processes, laying the foundation for the more advanced CDS.

The transition of CHIEF to CDS ensures the UK adopts a future-proof digital system for its customs operations.

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