Thursday, June 20, 2024

BIFA welcomes HMRC announcement

BIFA launches CDS training system

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) clarifying the final implementation date when a new computer system will replace an existing system used for processing Customs declarations. BIFA director general, Robert Keen states: “Our members will be pleased with the clarity that is being provided following […]

HMRC to close CHIEF system

HMRC to close CHIEF

HMRC will be closing its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. From this date, all businesses will need to declare goods through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). CDS is currently used for Northern Ireland and Rest of World declarations and has already processed more than one million declarations […]

UK freight association welcomes further funding for customs training

BIFA launches CDS training system

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association that represents UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, says that it hopes the package of measures unveiled by HMRC recently to accelerate growth of the UK’s customs intermediary sector is successful. Director general, Robert Keen says: “Whilst we welcome the additional funding, as we did when […]

Freight forwarders says HMRC is acting pragmatically over new Customs declarations

Having been critical of HMRC in the past, the trade association that represents UK freight forwarders has welcomed the announcement that the government body is extending the implementation timeline for a new computer system for processing customs entries The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed the latest announcement by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) […]

Priority Freight gains AEO accreditation

UK logistics operator Priority Freight has received full AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) accreditation for its UK-based Midlands operations. The value of the AEO status will be magnified in a post-Brexit world as the passage and movement of goods for HMRC-known operators are made more frictionless. Currently only 600 UK companies having obtained the status meeting […]

ASM develops contingency plans to meet new Customs declaration service delay

Agency Sector Management (ASM) is working on contingency plans for businesses affected by the new UK’s Customs Declaration Service (CDS) in the event that a full roll-out of the new system is delayed. CDS is due to replace the current Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system in phases by January 2019, but […]

Legal experts and BIFA have mixed feelings on Brexit White Paper

Responding to yesterday’s White Paper outlining the UK Government’s proposed future relationship between the UK and European Union after Brexit, British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general Robert Keen expressed mixed feelings about its contents while a lawyer asks important questions over AEO status. Keen says: “The White Paper addresses some of the issues that […]

BIFA: Only a lengthy Brexit transition can prepare for CDS introduction

Forwarders in Britain are pinning their hopes on a lengthy Brexit transition so that they can prepare for the introduction of the new Customs Declaration Service, says Robert Keen, director-general of the British International Freight Association. Keen, HMRC and the customs software supplier Agency Sector Management (ASM) are running a series of seminars on CDS […]

UK supply chain gets up to speed on new Customs declaration

Supply chain stakeholders across the UK have been flocking to seminars to get up to speed on the new system for UK Customs declarations coming into force next month. The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is set to replace HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF), which has been in […]

CCS-UK Fallback ready to keep UK air cargo moving

A new electronic fallback system to prevent a meltdown in the UK’s air cargo industry in the event of a prolonged outage of HMRC’s CHIEF system is ready for use having received formal approval. ‘CCS-UK Fallback’ will allow authorised traders to continue processing Customs export declarations in the event of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ […]