BIFA warns of New Year rules and regs tsunami

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is warning that its members may struggle to deal with the wave of new rules and systems set to introduced in the New Year.It comes in response to the Government’s publication of the Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) on 29 August setting out planned security and biosecurity import controls.Following the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, new controls on UK exports to the EU ... [+]

New alcohol rules in August

BIFA reports that updated alcohol duty regulations are due to take effect in August following a government review. The aim is to improve the current alcohol duty system; making it simpler, more economically rational, and less administratively burdensome on businesses and HMRC.Draft primary legislation was published in September 2022 with ... [+]

BIFA webinar to offer ICS2 insights

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is partnering with software-as-a-service firm Descartes Systems to deliver a members-only webinar on the Import Control System Release 2 on 1 February. ICS2 is due to go live on 1 March.ICS2 is a new and updated customs electronic import system that is applicable to ... [+]

Switching to CDS made easy with new BIFA checklists

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has prepared two documents that its members can send to their customers in order to collect the information that is required from them and which highlights the additional complexity of completing a CDS declaration compared with the old Chief system. The first document covers the ... [+]

SPS delays could herald radical rethink of UK imports, says BIFA

British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general Robert Keen says he is not surprised at the government’s announcement that says it will once again delay introduction of SPS checks on UK imports but adds that the delay may be an indication that it is planning a radical overhaul of the ... [+]

Further delays to imports checks would be no surprise, says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that the spate of recent media reports that the government is considering another delay to the introduction of post-Brexit border checks on goods entering Britain from the EU, comes as no great surprise. Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) ... [+]

BIFA welcomes Customs’ commitment to communication – updated

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has welcomed a commitment by HMRC to better communicate with traders on the switchover from the Chief computer to the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) – which it described as the most significant change in the processing of customs declarations in 30 years. Director general, ... [+]

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: ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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