Your export declaration (RoRo procedure) has reached the Released status and you have the permission to progress. However, you have not yet received a proof of export by HMRC although your goods have already been shipped and your record has been closed off after a certain period. This is called an “assumed departure”. Read more about the background of such “assumed departures” in this article.
Learn more about “assumed departures” under the CHIEF e-customs system.
When you create a RoRo export declaration (e.g. declaration type “A”, “Full declaration goods arrived EFD”) and send it to HMRC, your declaration will change to Accepted and then to Released, which gives you the permission to progress and depart your goods. Even if you are sure that your goods have been shipped, your declaration remains in the Released status and you will not receive a proof of export. However, HMRC will automatically close off the transaction after 15 days (for some RoRo ports - including Dover and the Channel Tunnel - this timeframe has recently been reduced to 5 days).
This is what is called an “assumed departure” in CHIEF, a status which is automatically set internally after a maximum of 15 days after an export declaration has reached the Released status. RoRo declarations do not automatically receive a proof of export from customs.
However, Export Filing: CHIEF will not receive a notification from CHIEF that the status “assumed departure” has been set. This is why Export Filing: CHIEF runs a background batch which sends an inquiry message to CHIEF after 16 days and sets the status to Completed, depending on the result returned.
Find out how this process is going to change in future with the new British GVMS e-customs system.
As from January 1, 2022, all RoRo movements will be reported to the recently implemented British GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service) e-customs system. This system will advise the CHIEF system when the vehicle has departed the UK and automatically handle the proper departure procedure (therefore automating the departure of goods).
From this date onwards, also AEB's Export Filing: CHIEF solution will start getting messages back to confirm that the goods have left.