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Forwarders and hauliers now have the clarity needed to start preparing for post-brexit customs changes


UK logistics firms should begin implementing the systems they will need from the end of 31st December

London, UK, Wednesday 12th February 2020 – Forwarders and hauliers now have enough clarity to start preparing for a post-Brexit business landscape, according Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Customs clearance solutions provider Agency Sector Management (ASM).

There is limited time to implement the systems needed to tackle trade friction following the UK Government’s announcement this week that import controls would be brought in on European Union (EU) goods at the border from 31st December.

“We now know there will be no extension of the transitional period, it is the drop-dead-stop scenario, but it means we have clarity,” said MacSwiney, who co-chairs the JCCC Customs Brexit Group (CBG).

“We don’t have to like it, but we do now need to get ready to get things done.

“Now is the time to get the right software in place, or if you have the software, it might be that you need to get the automation in place to deal with the increased volume of entries that is predicted.

“It won’t be easy, let’s get on with it and we need to start now!”

He said the industry should welcome the decision also announced this week to extend the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) computer system until 2021, giving more time to prepare for additional changes.

“Safety and security checks post 31st December are more of a worry as the right infrastructure is not in place, that is going to take time and it is hard to see the benefit.”

ASM is an independent company and its one-stop Sequoia Customs clearance software is used across the international freight supply chain.

ENDS

About AGENCY SECTOR MANAGEMENT

Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM) is an independent company providing a one-stop software and representative solution across the international freight supply chain.

Its customs clearance and freight management software, called Sequoia, is powerful, cost-effective and flexible, providing every tool needed to process import, export, and transit shipments.

ASM brings two decades of software development experience together with cutting edge technology to support companies of all sizes as customs procedures change significantly in the wake of the roll out of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the replacement of the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), and Brexit.

Sequoia is a single integrated system which will ease the pain of this transition, ensuring business continuity in a time of great change.

And with the end of the Brexit transition period in December 2020 meaning a huge increase in the number of customs declarations required, the almost limitless ability of Sequoia to interface and exchange data with external systems provides countless opportunities to automate and solve capacity issues.

ASM represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities, ensuring the voice of the industry is heard.

Through these activities, ASM ensures its software is responsive to its users’ priorities, making it the innovative, integrated solution they need, be they freight forwarders, community, or government systems.

ASM is a not-for-profit mutual trading company limited by guarantee and owned by our customers.

This unique structure means that we re-invest any profits we make into the development of even better software for our customers.

To find out more visit asm.org.uk

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FORWARDERS AND HAULIERS NOW HAVE THE CLARITY NEEDED TO START PREPARING FOR POST-BREXIT CUSTOMS CHANGES

UK logistics firms should begin implementing the systems they will need from the end of 31st December

London, UK, Wednesday 12th February 2020 – Forwarders and hauliers now have enough clarity to start preparing for a post-Brexit business landscape, according Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Customs clearance solutions provider Agency Sector Management (ASM).

There is limited time to implement the systems needed to tackle trade friction following the UK Government’s announcement this week that import controls would be brought in on European Union (EU) goods at the border from 31st December.

“We now know there will be no extension of the transitional period, it is the drop-dead-stop scenario, but it means we have clarity,” said MacSwiney, who co-chairs the JCCC Customs Brexit Group (CBG).

“We don’t have to like it, but we do now need to get ready to get things done.

“Now is the time to get the right software in place, or if you have the software, it might be that you need to get the automation in place to deal with the increased volume of entries that is predicted.

“It won’t be easy, let’s get on with it and we need to start now!”

He said the industry should welcome the decision also announced this week to extend the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) computer system until 2021, giving more time to prepare for additional changes.

“Safety and security checks post 31st December are more of a worry as the right infrastructure is not in place, that is going to take time and it is hard to see the benefit.”

ASM is an independent company and its one-stop Sequoia Customs clearance software is used across the international freight supply chain.

ENDS

About AGENCY SECTOR MANAGEMENT

Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM) is an independent company providing a one-stop software and representative solution across the international freight supply chain.

Its customs clearance and freight management software, called Sequoia, is powerful, cost-effective and flexible, providing every tool needed to process import, export, and transit shipments.

ASM brings two decades of software development experience together with cutting edge technology to support companies of all sizes as customs procedures change significantly in the wake of the roll out of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the replacement of the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), and Brexit.

Sequoia is a single integrated system which will ease the pain of this transition, ensuring business continuity in a time of great change.

And with the end of the Brexit transition period in December 2020 meaning a huge increase in the number of customs declarations required, the almost limitless ability of Sequoia to interface and exchange data with external systems provides countless opportunities to automate and solve capacity issues.

ASM represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities, ensuring the voice of the industry is heard.

Through these activities, ASM ensures its software is responsive to its users’ priorities, making it the innovative, integrated solution they need, be they freight forwarders, community, or government systems.

ASM is a not-for-profit mutual trading company limited by guarantee and owned by our customers.

This unique structure means that we re-invest any profits we make into the development of even better software for our customers.

To find out more visit asm.org.uk

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The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects. A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement. To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.