CCS-UK system


The CCS-UK system enables any freight forwarder, handling agent, haulier, airline, exporter or importer to connect to HM Customs’ CHIEF computer, and its replacement, CDS. To use CCS-UK, you simply need a current CCS-UK agreement, and compatible software to handle your Customs entries.

CCS-UK comprises two major elements:

  • a central “switch” which digitally connects around 900 individual users to HMRC, and enables Customs entries and clearances, and other data “messages”, to be exchanged between parties.
  • A secure central database which holds data on all shipments entered into the system, making this information accessible to all relevant parties.

The CCS-UK community is an “intelligent” network, using distributed data processing through local computers which communicate with each other using a variety of Customs and forwarding software.

The central CCS-UK database is stored on high-security servers in a “bomb-proof” location, with remote back-ups running constantly and being stored in the DR system, to ensure all data is kept safe from cyber attacks and any potential disaster.

If you regularly send goods abroad, or import goods, and need to submit and receive Customs documentation, membership of CCS-UK enables you do this direct, rather than through a Customs Broker.

CCS-UK operates a simple charging system:

For Imports: an annual badge fee per location (discounts for 2 or more), plus a small charge per transaction (high volume discounts apply)

For Exports: an annual badge fee per location (discounts for 2 or more)

For Messaging: a charge per message (e.g. e-AWB, FSU, FFM) – waived for companies participating in CCS-UK programme to improve message accuracy/completeness

For further details of CCS-UK membership terms, please contact us.