Customs updates: Changes to CDS for animal imports and updated schedules

Thu 2 Feb 2023
Posted by: Phillip Adnett
Trade News

Customs updates

The Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) has issued another update to traders.

According to an email from the JCCC, a recent change has been made to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) tariff, affecting imports of products of animal origin and animal by-products from the EU (not including Ireland).

The JCCC is a HMRC-sponsored forum featuring representatives from the business community, including the Institute of Export & International Trade.


Importers of these animal products should have been already making pre-notifications on the Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS) since January 2022 and including references from IPAFFS in the customs declarations for these goods. 

This is now required. In order to ensure movements are not disrupted, traders should make these pre-notifications on IPAFFS and include the reference from pre-notification in customs declarations.

For further information visit customs declarations completion requirements or the online tariff.

Steps required

For those who have already pre-lodged their declaration, it should be amended before the goods arrive in the UK to include the correct pre-notification reference from IPAFFS.

If the goods have already arrived in the UK with a pre-lodged declaration, the declaration will need to be re-submitted with the correct pre-notification reference.

Updated schedule

The JCCC has also revised a schedule of the upcoming changes to CDS, which was previously reported on by the IOE&IT Daily Update:

  • From late February 2023 – the JCCC will contact export declarants that only use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service (GVMS) using software or the current National Export System (NES) service. It will include details of how to start making declarations on CDS on either software or NES
  • Summer 2023 – the committee will work with all export declarants to ensure they are ready to make declarations through the CDS
  • From September 2023 - all export routes will be open for making declarations and declarants will be given information about actions they need to take. This will include:
  • Export declarants who use a mix of routes including the GVMS or inventory linked locations
  • Export declarants that only use inventory linked locations
  • Export declarants that use Designated Export Place movements
  • Export declarants that currently use National Export Service web service and will need to move to the new export declaration online service.