CDS export departure messages update - 30 April 2024

Exporters using the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) need a departure message to confirm the movement of goods.

But some exporters aren’t getting one, so their goods aren’t receiving departure status.

CDS doesn’t have an ‘assumed departure’ status

The Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system included an ‘assumed departure’ status. This was to support indirect EU export declarations. 

Assumed departure made sure CHIEF declarations showed on customers’ export reports. It was never official evidence of the goods being exported. Because the UK has left the EU, there’s no assumed departure status on the CDS. 


What you need to do

Please make sure that you, and everyone in your supply chain, correctly follow GVMS processes on creating a Goods Movement Reference (GMR) for goods from Great Britain to the EU.

This includes quoting all Declaration Unique Consignment References (DUCRs) in your export GMR. 

If you don’t follow the correct processes for goods leaving from a GVMS port 

You won’t:  

CDS will issue: 


When you can ask for a departure status

If your goods leave from a GVMS port, you can only ask us for a departure status if the export included goods where the excise duty has been suspended. Otherwise, we’ll reject your request.

If your goods left from a port without the GVMS, inventory facilities or an approved loader, you can still ask us for a departure status. 

In both cases, you would ask for a departure status by filling in form C1602.


If your exports should have received a departure status

If you’ve followed the processes but still haven’t received a DMSEOG notification, you should:

Other than this you don’t need to take further action, and you don’t need to notify us.

Your HMRC trader reports won’t show declarations that haven’t received departure status.


Indirect exports from Northern Ireland

The 45-day notice (DMGER) may show that we didn’t receive confirmation of the export from the Office of Exit in another EU member state. Please contact the ECS helpdesk if this is the case.


Further information

You have until Tuesday 4 June 2024 to move all your export declarations to the CDS. After this date, you will no longer be able to submit new customs declarations through CHIEF. We recommend that you move your export declarations to the CDS as soon as you can.

You can find further guidance on what you need to do when making a full declaration to send goods from the UK on GOV.UK.

We continue to explore ways to improve processes around departing goods. In the meantime, please use the processes described in this email. 

We will continue to provide information and guidance to support your business for making export declarations through the CDS. To receive updates and notifications about the CDS, make sure we have your preferred email address


Issued by HM Revenue & Customs