The Trader Support Service team continue to listen to your feedback and we are pleased to advise that new features will be introduced in the coming weeks to increase the support provided for goods moving between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI).

These include:

Full frontier declaration support
TSS will soon support the completion of full frontier declarations (FFDs). This is an option you might prefer because you complete all your customs declarations processes in one go.

FFDs contain all the information for an import to take place and are presented before goods move, with all duties and taxes also collected before the goods arrive at their import destination. As such, the process for completing FFDs differs from the two-stage procedure that TSS has so far supported in that all the information is presented up front, removing the need for a supplementary declaration to be completed after the goods move.

More information about the processes available from TSS for FFDs and the data required to support their completion will be available shortly, along with a step-by-step guide on how to use the TSS portal to submit them.

Traders using the two-stage process for completing declarations provide data for the simplified frontier declaration before the goods move and for the supplementary declaration after the movement. TSS carries over the data submitted at the simplified frontier declaration stage to the supplementary declaration, where the same fields apply.

Currently if the information you provided for the simplified frontier declaration changes by the time you complete your supplementary declaration, you need to report this to HMRC. This is due to change imminently.

In the TSS portal, when completing your supplementary declaration, you will soon be able to amend the data that has been carried over from the simplified frontier declaration. If you amend any of these fields in the supplementary declaration, TSS will notify HMRC of these changes on your behalf.

Link multiple supplementary declarations to one simplified frontier declaration
This new feature will allow traders to add multiple supplementary declarations to a single simplified frontier declaration which has been completed for a particular consignment. This will remove the need to raise multiple simplified frontier declarations for multiple goods that are moving in one consignment.

Submit an ENS Safety and Security declaration without a simplified frontier declaration
There are some scenarios where you may want to submit an ENS Safety and Security declaration without raising an associated simplified frontier declaration. TSS will soon allow you to do this. This may be useful if you are completing the simplified frontier declaration using a system outside of TSS, if you are moving goods for which only an oral customs declaration is allowed or if you are a haulier carrying empty containers under a contract of carriage.

We will be providing guidance on all these new features soon.