Customs Decisions System (CDS)


Under the Union Customs Code (UCC) all your interaction with Revenue for customs purposes must be done electronically.

The Customs Decisions System (CDS) will be introduced on 2 October 2017. This will allow traders to use an EU trader portal to apply for and manage customs decisions. The CDS will be used to exchange and store information in relation to 22 specific customs decisions.

The CDS is a centrally developed EU (European Union) system. It will be implemented simultaneously with the EU harmonised trader interface supported by the Uniform User Management and Digital Signature system (UUMDS).

Main features

The CDS will:

  • allow the electronic processing and storage of applications and authorisations
  • allow traders to apply for and manage their customs decisions via a single EU interface
  • make it possible for EU customs authorities to consult with each other about the granting and management of authorisations which are valid in more than one Member State
  • provide system-to-system access for our existing import, export and transit systems to authorisation data, in order to check the existence and validity of customs decisions.

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