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Firms sign up for CDS training – but more are needed, says ASM

[ April 27, 2022   //   ]

Freight software supplier Agency Sector Management (ASM) has provided access to the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) online training platform for over two thirds of its users.

Its Sequoia Customs clearance software provides users with unlimited test access to CDS in advance of it going live for imports this September.

CDS will replace the existing CHIEF system, for imports from 30 September, and for export declarations from 31 March 2023.

ASM chairman Peter MacSwiney said: “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.”

But he added: “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.”

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