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Thursday, 16 August 2018

HMRC Customs Declaration Service Goes Live - Sort Of!

HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service is now live, and a small group of importers can use the system to make ‘certain types of supplementary declarations’.

HMRC went live with the first part of its Customs Declaration Service (CDS) on 14 August.

The second phase of the deployment will come in November, when the majority of importers will be able to use the system. However, importers will have to either develop their own, or buy software that is CDS compatible to use the system.

HMRC’s customs transformation programme director, Kevin Franklin, is quoted by ComputerWeekly as saying that the first release of CDS “is a major milestone”.
Going live on time is a great step to fully introducing the new system and is testament to the hard work of HMRC staff and our partners.

We have been engaging closely with trade representatives, including software developers, community system providers, freight forwarders and traders about CDS, and we value the support from these organisations in preparing importers and exporters for the upcoming changes.

Our priority now is to make sure software developers, agents and their clients are ready, and we will continue to work closely with them throughout the transition.”
The CDS is intended to replace the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (Chief) system for handling import and export freight from outside the European Union (EU).

Chief, which has been in place for 25 years, can only handle around 60 million customs declarations per year. However, a no deal Brexit means that CDS might be required to handle volumes of up to 255 million declarations annually.

The final and third phase of the roll out, covering the export functionality of the system, will not be released until December 2018, meaning traders who export goods will have only one month to complete the migration, as the entire process of migrating users from the old system to CDS by the end of January 2019.

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1 comment:

  1. It's HMRC - what could possibly go wrong...