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 correlation between CHIEF box numbers and CDS data elements. The second details the additional data elements that importers/exporters need to ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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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