Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Warning to UK Freight Forwarding Agents to Get Ready for Customs Changes

Training Available to Ensure Compliance as CDS Approaches
Shipping News Feature

UK – Agency Sector Management (ASM) the not for profit, Middlesex based, customs software specialist has been working closely with the British International Freight Association (BIFA) on suitable training modules for freight forwarding agencies as the UK customs procedures are prepared for radical change.

With the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system set to replace the current system, Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF), for imports from 30th September 2022, and for export declarations from 31st March 2023, time is rapidly passing.

Now ASM has let it be known that it has provided access to its Sequoia CDS online training platform for more than two thirds of its user base and is assisting more than 500 businesses that use Sequoia to be CDS-ready before the deadline. Sequoia connects to all port community systems. The software is routinely updated, and the latest version, 5.7, is now available for users to download. Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM observed:

“It is essential UK freight industry workers are able to understand and readily use CDS and this live test environment is the perfect way to train users, as well as examine bottlenecks and receive feedback for future development. It is great to have provided access to the live test environment for more than 300 businesses, but there are far more businesses out there that have not taken any steps to transition from CHIEF to CDS.

“We cannot stress enough just how important it is for UK businesses to get trained and prepared for the end of CHIEF and the full-time use of CDS. Those who do not prepare for the change will be left behind and face issues surrounding non-compliance with UK customs rules, meaning they will face higher costs and more delays.”

Photo: Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM.