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Brexit: Get access to CHIEF for transitional simplified procedures

29 October 2019


Accessing the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system

You will need to get access to HMRC’s Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system if you are making declarations yourself for goods imported using transitional simplified procedures after Brexit.

After Brexit, if you are making declarations yourself for imported goods using transitional simplified procedures you will need to:

  • buy third party software to make your declarations - this software will work with HMRC’s CHIEF system
  • get a CHIEF badge

You only need to do this if you are:

If you are not using transitional simplified procedures and making import declarations yourself - you need to use form C1800.

Getting a CHIEF badge

There are two types of CHIEF badges:

  • a DTI badge (direct trader input) badge - you must have this if you are importing controlled goods (so you can make both simplified frontier declarations and supplementary declarations)
  • an email badge - you can use this if you’re only making supplementary declarations

DTI badges

  1. Get your DTI badge from a community system provider
  2. Ask HMRC to activate your badge

To activate your badge you will need to provide:

  • your EORI number that starts with GB
  • your business’s name and address
  • the community system provider that issued your badge
  • your DTI badge number

You must use the same business details that you used when you registered for transitional simplified procedures.

Email badge

You can ask HMRC for an email badge.

You will need to provide:

  • your EORI number that starts with GB
  • your business’s name and address
  • the email address you want to use for your email badge

You must use the same business details that you used when you registered for transitional simplified procedures.

After you have applied

HMRC will send you a confirmation email to let you know when your badge has been activated on CHIEF.