CDS Declaration Completion Instructions for Exports

This guide provides detailed completion instructions for data elements when making a written export declaration to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

Published 23 October 2019
Last updated 2224 NovemberJanuary 20222023 + show all updates
  1. The definition of ‘Customs Union’ is added in Data Element (DE) 1/1 Notes.

  2. Information about Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) has been added in the 'DE 7/5 Inland Mode of Transport (Box 26: Inland Mode of Transport)' section of the 'Group 7: Transport Information (Modes, Means and Equipment)' guidance.

  3. Field format requirements have been changed at DE 5/23.

  4. A number of links and page titles have been updated and renamed following review. Technical content is unaltered in that regard. Additionally the data sets incorporating A1 and A2 data requirements have been clarified. Notes have also been added for data element 7/4 and 7/15.

  5. This page has been updated at DE 1/2, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 3/18, 5/23, 6/1, 6/2, 7/4, 7/7 and 8/5.

  6. Guidance has been updated in DE 2/5 with an amended timescale.

  7. Change to the procedure regarding the completion of a customs declaration for chemicals. The requirement to provide the precise name in accordance with British Standard 2774/1983 and insert the words "not listed" no longer apply. (DE 6/13 Import Tariff, DE 6/13 Export Tariff and paragraph 7.5 CHIEF Tariff).

  8. Addition to full description of excise goods in DE 6/8 (CDS Tariff Vol 3 Imports).

  9. First published.