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Trade bodies welcome HMRC’s announcement on switch from CHIEF to CDS


London, UK Tuesday 27th September 2022: The British International Freight Association (BIFA) and Agency Sector Management (ASM) welcome the news that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has agreed a slight easement in the implementation timetable of  CDS that will replace CHIEF, which is the current system used for processing Customs declarations.

The existing system, CHIEF will be closed to new Import Customs Declarations on 30 September 2022, with all import declarations thereafter having to be submitted via the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

However, HMRC has announced that whilst it still expects all new Import Customs Declarations to be made via CDS from 1 October 2022, CHIEF badge holders will given the opportunity to seek permission to use CHIEF beyond 30 September, 2022, if they have a clear business reason, acceptable to HMRC,  which prevents the declaration being made via CDS. Not having made the necessary preparations for the switch will not be considered a clear business reason and the easement is likely to be short term.

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said: “In 2019, when HMRC announced its proposed plan for completing delivery of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), and migrating traders from CHIEF to the new platform, we expressed the view that the timetable would be challenging.”

Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Agency Sector Management: “We felt that the state of readiness across all parties in the supply chain, from Customs intermediaries through to traders, was not sufficiently advanced to ensure a smooth transition. There was concern that if CHIEF was actually turned off there would not be sufficient numbers of CDS-ready organisations to prevent serious cargo backlogs at air and seaports.

Keen continues: “In the intervening period, BIFA has worked very closely with ASM, as well as the Community Service Providers (CSPs), through our Customs Policy Group and roles within the Joint Customs Consultancy Committee (JCCC), to represent the views of BIFA members and others that submit Customs declarations to HMRC.

“Having made further representations via the programme board seeking clarifications on behalf of our members, we are reassured to hear that it is HMRC’s intention to allow CHIEF badge holders to apply for a discretionary extension, which will give all concerned a further short grace period to finalise their transition and for software developers to complete their system development.

“But, the important thing to remember is that that this discretionary period is short and designed to facilitate those traders who are close to, but have not fully migrated to CDS. So anyone with their head in the sand over transition from CHIEF to CDS really needs to act fast.

“Those who continue using CHIEF without seeking authorisation will face consequences including the possible removal of the ability to access CHIEF.”

MacSwiney adds: “CDS has been a long-time in the making, and there have been many changes in the implementation timetable, but the critical point to understand is that this extension for CHIEF will be temporary and any business that makes Customs declarations  must continue to work towards transitioning from CHIEF to CDS, as a large proportion of BIFA  members, and users of ASM Customs processing software, are already doing.

“Taking this approach until there is confidence that the new system is fully developed, stable and tested is pragmatic and shows HMRC has been listening to the ongoing lobbying on the subject that has been done by ASM and BIFA.”

View the Government Form here

About BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport. A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat, which administers and manages the Association’s affairs. BIFA provides an effective and proactive organisation dedicated to improving standards of professionalism within the logistics and supply chain industry.

ABOUT ASM

Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM), is the leading software provider to the UK Customs clearance and freight forwarding industries and has three decades of experience in addressing the complex needs of global freight forwarders and providing total Customs solutions.

Sequoia, its complete software solution, supports across the board in:

  • Air & Ocean Import and Export
  • External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF)
  • Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
  • Customs Warehousing
  • New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
  • Designated Export Place (DEP)
  • Air WayBills (AWB’s)
  • Forwarding Documentation
  • Job Costing and Invoicing
  • Worksheets
  • Web Services Application Programme Interface

ASM represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities, ensuring its voice is heard during drafting of legislation and tackling the issues at the forefront of the industry’s concern.

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.

To find out more visit www.asm.org.uk

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Trade bodies welcome HMRC’s announcement on switch from CHIEF to CDS

London, UK Tuesday 27th September 2022: The British International Freight Association (BIFA) and Agency Sector Management (ASM) welcome the news that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has agreed a slight easement in the implementation timetable of  CDS that will replace CHIEF, which is the current system used for processing Customs declarations.

The existing system, CHIEF will be closed to new Import Customs Declarations on 30 September 2022, with all import declarations thereafter having to be submitted via the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

However, HMRC has announced that whilst it still expects all new Import Customs Declarations to be made via CDS from 1 October 2022, CHIEF badge holders will given the opportunity to seek permission to use CHIEF beyond 30 September, 2022, if they have a clear business reason, acceptable to HMRC,  which prevents the declaration being made via CDS. Not having made the necessary preparations for the switch will not be considered a clear business reason and the easement is likely to be short term.

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association said: “In 2019, when HMRC announced its proposed plan for completing delivery of the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS), and migrating traders from CHIEF to the new platform, we expressed the view that the timetable would be challenging.”

Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Agency Sector Management: “We felt that the state of readiness across all parties in the supply chain, from Customs intermediaries through to traders, was not sufficiently advanced to ensure a smooth transition. There was concern that if CHIEF was actually turned off there would not be sufficient numbers of CDS-ready organisations to prevent serious cargo backlogs at air and seaports.

Keen continues: “In the intervening period, BIFA has worked very closely with ASM, as well as the Community Service Providers (CSPs), through our Customs Policy Group and roles within the Joint Customs Consultancy Committee (JCCC), to represent the views of BIFA members and others that submit Customs declarations to HMRC.

“Having made further representations via the programme board seeking clarifications on behalf of our members, we are reassured to hear that it is HMRC’s intention to allow CHIEF badge holders to apply for a discretionary extension, which will give all concerned a further short grace period to finalise their transition and for software developers to complete their system development.

“But, the important thing to remember is that that this discretionary period is short and designed to facilitate those traders who are close to, but have not fully migrated to CDS. So anyone with their head in the sand over transition from CHIEF to CDS really needs to act fast.

“Those who continue using CHIEF without seeking authorisation will face consequences including the possible removal of the ability to access CHIEF.

MacSwiney adds: “CDS has been a long-time in the making, and there have been many changes in the implementation timetable, but the critical point to understand is that this extension for CHIEF will be temporary and any business that makes Customs declarations  must continue to work towards transitioning from CHIEF to CDS, as a large proportion of BIFA  members, and users of ASM Customs processing software, are already doing.

“Taking this approach until there is confidence that the new system is fully developed, stable and tested is pragmatic and shows HMRC has been listening to the ongoing lobbying on the subject that has been done by ASM and BIFA.”

View the Government Form here

About BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport. A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat, which administers and manages the Association’s affairs. BIFA provides an effective and proactive organisation dedicated to improving standards of professionalism within the logistics and supply chain industry.

ABOUT ASM

Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM), is the leading software provider to the UK Customs clearance and freight forwarding industries and has three decades of experience in addressing the complex needs of global freight forwarders and providing total Customs solutions.

Sequoia, its complete software solution, supports across the board in:

  • Air & Ocean Import and Export
  • External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF)
  • Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
  • Customs Warehousing
  • New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
  • Designated Export Place (DEP)
  • Air WayBills (AWB’s)
  • Forwarding Documentation
  • Job Costing and Invoicing
  • Worksheets
  • Web Services Application Programme Interface

ASM represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities, ensuring its voice is heard during drafting of legislation and tackling the issues at the forefront of the industry’s concern.

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.

To find out more visit www.asm.org.uk

Our Vision

The objective of SESAR is to modernise European ATM by defining, developing and delivering new or improved technologies and procedures (SESAR Solutions).

SESAR’s vision builds on the notion of trajectory-based operations’ and relies on the provision of air navigation services (ANS) in support of the execution of the business or mission trajectory — meaning that aircraft can fly their preferred trajectories without being constrained by airspace configurations.

SESAR Deployment Manager

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.