Thursday, August 12, 2021

Help is at Hand for Freight Forwarders Needing to Plough Through HMRC CDS Problems

Industry Association Sets Out a New Training Course
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UK – For those shivering in their boots at the thought of more red tape set to entangle them as the new HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) Customs Declaration Service (CDS) becomes mandatory for importers and exporters, help is at hand.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the organisation that best represents UK freight forwarding agents, is launching a new online training course to help prepare BIFA members and others to wade through the complexities of the new CDS system.

BIFA’s Customs Declaration Service - eLearning course is suitable for anyone completing Customs declarations and will cover the main differences between CHIEF and CDS to enable users to submit Customs declarations for exports and imports via the new system no matter which software supplier is used.

HMRC recently announced that CDS will replace CHIEF in a phased transition ending in April 2023 and the training course will provide hands on tuition, practical exercises and a technical resource, finishing with an assessment. The course consists of eight modules, which offer an introduction to CDS, as well as the data elements required, and the UK Trade Tariff and customs procedure codes.

Other modules cover commercial relationships, arrangements and valuation; methods of payment and authorisations; as well as documents, certifications and authorisations indicators. Simulation exercises and an assessment will enable all delegates to check their knowledge and understanding about future import and export declaration processes, putting into practice what they have learnt on each module.

The course has been developed in conjunction with Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM), a leading software provider to the UK Customs clearance and freight forwarding industries that also represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities. BIFA Director General, Robert Keen observes:

“BIFA has taken the initiative in regards to creating a relevant training course that will help our members understand and implement the different working methods involved with the new system. This course will be available from September 2021. Whilst dual-running of both systems will continue, we know enough about the new CDS system to be confident in offering a training course to BIFA members and others that will provide cost effective and invaluable advice and information. It is designed to help them to prepare for when CDS will serve as the UK’s single customs platform at the end of March 2023."

Companies interested in BIFA’s new eLearning course can find out full details as details of the training becomes available. Details of the modules can be seen HERE and any queries addressed to Carl Hobbis at BIFA.