In 2018, it was announced
that the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight system (CHIEF)
was to be replaced with the introduction of CDS in early 2019. With the growing number of imports to the UK
and increasing use of simplified procedures and Customs Warehousing, CHIEF
struggles to cope with the volume of transaction data at peak times and this volume
is only set to increase going forward.
As an expert logistics
provider, CML was asked by its duty management software supplier, DataFreight, and
HMRC, to help in the early stages of testing and, with the assistance and
support of one of CML’s customers, Overland Shoes Limited, CML has become one
of the first brokers to commence the processing of customs entries through the
new system, CDS.
Steve MacKenzie, Senior
Duty Management Analyst at DataFreight, commented, “DataFreight was one of five
software developers asked by HMRC to assist in the testing of the new Customs
Declaration Service (CDS). We needed a partner with a proven track record of
compliance, technical knowledge, and expertise to work with us and HMRC to
progress the nationwide implementation of CDS. CML was an obvious choice for
this project and was one of the first few companies to successfully submit
‘live’ customs entries on the new system.”
At the time of going to
press, CDS declaration can only be made against removals from Customs
Warehousing, with “home use” entries to follow before the export transactions
become included in due course. As an expert logistics provider, CML has always
strived to be at the forefront of any technological advances and to provide
innovative solutions for its customers. Being one of the first traders to be
live on CDS, has further demonstrated the capabilities and expert knowledge of
its customs team, to ensure that CML is, once again, ahead of the curve.
For further information on the new Customs Declaration Service, CDS, please read our blog here.