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CDS show gets on the road

[ April 9, 2018   //   ]

Agency Sector Management (ASM), the British International Freight Association (BIFA), and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have joined forces to run a series of seminars ahead of August’s phased launch of the Customs Declaration System (CDS), the planned replacement for HMRC’s existing Chief computer.

The roadshow has been organised in response to concerns about the readiness of the new system, and to explain what CDS is, why it is being introduced, how it will impact business and when the system will be fully launched.

BIFA director general Robert Keen said: “The move over to CDS marks the biggest change to impact the processes by which Customs declarations are managed since the introduction of CHIEF, which it replaces, and which is needed to enable importers or exporters to comply with the EU’s recently introduced Union Customs Code (UCC).”


“There are significant differences between CHIEF and CDS, and still a lot of unanswered questions about what will be required from our industry,” added ASM chairman, Peter MacSwiney. “These seminars are partly in response to questions we receive from our users when I attend government meetings regarding Brexit and CDS.”

He said that the seminars will provide insight into the differences between Chief and CDS and address the issues faced by companies that will need to adjust their internal computer systems to accommodate CDS.


The seminars are being held at a number of locations across the UK during June and July, with the first taking place in Warrington on 12 June.


“We are experiencing high demand for seminar places, and we recommend that anyone looking to attend these highly informative events registers their interest by 11 May,” said MacSwiney.

Send us an email providing name, email address, and the name of your company or organisation as well as the regional event you wish to attend to:, and invitations with full details will also be distributed this week.


12 June         Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington, WA4 4BB

13 June         Kings Croft Hotel, Pontefract, WF8 4HA

22 June         Link Hotel, Loughborough, LE11 4EX

4 July             Orsett Hall Hotel, Grays, RM16 3HS

10 July           Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, SW1H 9JJ

TBC    Northern Ireland

TBC    Scotland

Full details of seminars can be found at:

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