UK difficulties with new customs computer system

Posted on: 01/04/2017

The  Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system is scheduled to go online in January 2019 replacing the current CHIEF Data Entry System which has been in operation for nearly 30 years.

CDS is due to go live just two months before the United Kingdom is due to formally leave the European Union, including the single market and customs union. However, confidence in the successful implementation of the new system has “collapsed,” according to the chairman of the British parliament’s treasury committee. UK Parliamentary Report:

Collapse in confidence in the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) - Customs is at the heart of the Brexit debate. It is part of the essential plumbing for international trade, and ensuring it continues to function smoothly post-Brexit has to be a priority for the Government. The CDS is needed in order to handle a possible five-fold increase in declarations that could occur when the UK leaves the EU.

The consequences of this project failing, or even being delayed, could be serious. Much trade could be lost. The project, therefore, merits a high degree of scrutiny by Parliament. Read More

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