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introduction to customs declaration service

Elearning: Introduction to Customs Declaration Service (CDS)

Time limit: 90 days

£599 Enrol

Full course description

What will you learn from this course?

This elearning course will help you to understand the operation and requirements of completing customs declarations and using the CDS system to import and export across borders. Businesses trading with the EU, and non-EU markets are legally required to complete customs declarations. This step-by-step course will walk you through the process of preparing and submitting the SAD C88 declaration form, and give you to knowledge to identify and complete each data field in the document confidently.

After completing our Elearning: Introduction to CDS course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the costly mistakes commonly made when completing customs declarations
  • Learn what each data field in the documents mean and how to fill them in correctly
  • Complete customs declarations and how to submit them through CDS
  • Export and import between the EU, UK and non-EU countries with confidence

You will need to have a thorough understanding of customs law and procedures to meet the requirements of this obligation. This course provides you with a thorough grounding on how to get started


Non-Member Price: £599.00

*Please note, all prices are exclusive of VAT.

How will this course support your business?

With the old customs declaration platform CHIEF (Customs Handling Import and Export Freight) now having permanently switching over to CDS (Customs Declaration Service), it has never been more critical for exporters and importers to understand the new CDS platform.

By understanding how the new system operates and how to complete the SAD C88, you will be better equipped to compliantly and successfully export and/or import from the UK to new markets overseas.

Key course information

To provide you with the best learning experience, the Institute of Export & International Trade hosts its elearning courses on Canvas (Instructure). When you book this course, you will be redirected to the Canvas website where you will be able to complete your purchase and get instant access to your learning materials.

Course structure

  • Introduction
  • Course overview
  • Disclaimer
  • Getting started
  • Introduction to UK Border Target Operating Model
  • What is the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)?
  • Navigating the Customs Declaration Service
  • CDS data determination
  • CDS groups (A)
  • CDS groups (B)
  • Signing up for the Customs Declaration Service (CDS)
  • Summary and feedback


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