Customs & Legislation Update April 2023

Customs & Legislation Update April 2023


3 minute read | By Hollie Starr

Last updated: April 13, 2023 | Published: April 13, 2023


Adam McGaughey, Customs Officer


The deadline for CDS for exports is approaching in 2023. On 2nd February 2023, HMRC announced a set of revised dates for a phased approach to transition from CHIEF to CDS for exports.

Goods that move via the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) are available to be declared via CDS from late February 2023. Those are departures via Roll On Roll Off port locations, which are primarily manned trailer exports from the UK to the EU.

HMRC is working with the existing Community Service Providers (MCP, CNS, CCS-UK et. al.) to be able to provide an export solution on CDS for goods that depart via inventory linking services in the Summer of 2023.

They expect the full functionality of CDS for exports to be completed by September 2023, which we can consider a “soft deadline” for all export traders and declarants to make the transition to CDS. The actual deadline for the transition is set at 30 November 2023, but HMRC wants to avoid granting extensions as was required with CDS imports, so we can view September as a deadline to aim for.

Good Logistics is working towards our own phased approach to using CDS for exports and will begin contacting export customers with details in the coming months. If you have already registered for CDS during the import transition, then you’re all ready to go with exports. For anyone not yet registered for CDS we have a set of step-by-step guides, which is available here.

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 UK Legislation

The Windsor Framework is an agreement in principle between the UK government and the EU commission that lays out the amendments to the existing Northern Ireland Protocol. It details the changes to the Protocol for the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Windsor Framework looks to remove what has been considered a border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Although full details have not been released yet, the Framework proposes operating a system of “Red” and “Green” channels for goods arriving in Northern Ireland.

Similar to how these channels operate currently in airports, the “Red” channel will be used for goods that are considered “at risk” of moving from Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the EU. Those movements will continue to require import declarations completed with import duty paid at the EU rates.

The “Green” channel will be for goods that are considered “not at risk” and will remain in Northern Ireland. This will allow goods to travel from the rest of the United Kingdom into Northern Ireland without an import declaration being completed. The proposal is for goods “not at risk” to be affixed with a “Not for EU” label to indicate they will remain in Northern Ireland.

ICS Safety and Security Declarations will still be required for goods entering Northern Ireland.

Further details will be released in the future as the government consults businesses over the coming months ahead of implementing any changes. Expectations within the industry do not expect the Framework to be implemented before some time in 2024.



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