BIFA welcomes Customs computer plan

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) welcomed HMRC’s announcement earlier this month that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will become the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023 and that it will close its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) from that date. Director general, Robert Keen said: “In 2019, when HMRC announced its proposed plan for completing delivery of CDS and migrating traders from CHIEF to the ... [+]

Applications open for customs training funds

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is urging its members to apply for £50 million of new funding for customs training, now available from the government. However, director general, Robert Keen warns: “Whilst we welcome the additional funding, as we did when the first two rounds of funding were announced, we ... [+]

And then – we shall examine the list…

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is encouraging its members to ensure that they are included on a list of customs agents and parcel operators being compiled and published by HMRC in preparation for1  January  2021, when customs declarations will be required on goods moving into and out of the ... [+]

Customs training grants: You have just over a week, says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) warns that the deadline for funding for customs-related training is on 31 May. However, businesses are encouraged to register on the grant application page no later than Friday 24 May to allow time to complete their application by the deadline. The Government opened a £5 ... [+]

BIFA welcomes longer time for customs grants

The funding was initially revealed in December 2018, and the deadline for applications is now 31 May 2019. Robert Keen, director general of BIFA said: “This scheme is intended to help support the extra demand for customs brokerage services associated with the UK’s departure from the EU, as well as issues ... [+]

HMRC plans leave forwarders out in the cold, complains BIFA

BIFA director-general Robert Keen has complained that the proposed Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) recently unveiled by HMRC (see story below) appeared to be aimed solely at traders, and not freight forwarders or customs brokers. He said: "Having reviewed the documentation that has been released, BIFA believes that they are aimed ... [+]

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