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Getting ready for the Customs Declaration Service

It was announced on the 31st January that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will begin a phased launch of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) in August 2018. CDS, which as previously advised to Members will replace the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system, with all declarations taking place on CDS from early 2019.

CHIEF currently processes declarations to facilitate the international movement of goods between the UK and non-EU countries. CHIEF will continue to run for a time in parallel with CDS to aid the transition from one system to another.

More information including summary of the main changes between the two systems can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/getting-ready-for-the-customs-declaration-service

For more detailed CDS transition materials check our website at: /information/customs-border-force/customs-declaration-service-cds

BIFA are also happy to announce that together with the CDS Communications Team we are launching an awareness campaign designed to help traders during the transition period. For more information contact Pawel Jarza at BIFA on: p.jarza@bifa.org or reach out to the CDS Team directly on: communications.cds@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

A more detailed article on this subject will be published in the April edition of BIFA's BIFAlink magazine.

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