More funds for customs decs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to provide a further £10 million in grants for customs agents and intermediaries to build capacity in managing declarations. It follows the £5 million made available from December 2018 and £16 million in September 2019 to build capacity ahead of, or after, Brexit on 31 October, alongside the additional training and IT support already available. The further £10 million in grants is open to businesses based ... [+]

More funds for customs training – but BIFA has reservations

  Some £16 million in new funding is now available to help businesses train people in customs clearance, the government announced on 3 September. This nmoney is to help businesses train staff in making customs declarations, and to help businesses who support others to trade goods to invest in IT to help ... [+]

HMRC chief to step down

Sir Jonathan Thompson is to step down as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) chief executive in the Autumn to take on a new role as chief executive of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). He joined HMRC in April 2016 and led the organisation through a period of change and significant ... [+]

Government releases details of customs training funding

The government has released details of the one-off £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders announced in September. Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT with applications open from 4 December. The government says it has engaged extensively ... [+]

ASM draws up CDS contingency plan

  Freight software firm Agency Sector Management (ASM) says it is working on contingency plans in the event that the replacement for HMRC’s CHIEF system, Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is delayed. CDS is due to replace CHIEF) system in phases by January 2019, but there is uncertainty whether the new system will ... [+]

HMRC faces ‘daunting task’ says Commons committee

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) faces a daunting task in preparing for the UK’s exit from the European Union, which could also hamper its ability to tackle tax fraud, said the House of Commons Public Accounts committee in a report published on 2 November. It said that HMRC was being forced ... [+]

CDS programme ‘months behind schedule’

The programme for the new Customs Declaration System (CDS) is running seriously behind time, warn industry software experts. CDS was due to replace HM Revenue & Customs ageing 'CHIEF' system early next year, but testing facilities that should have been made available at the end of July had still not been ... [+]

HMRC ‘to halve trusted trader time’

The government promised that HMRC would take steps to halve the time it takes companies to become Trusted Customs Traders from 120 to 60 days, as part of the Budget unveiled on 31 October. It also promised an additional £2 billion in UK Export Finance (UKEF) direct lending for overseas ... [+]

Government invests to get trade Brexit-ready

HM Treasury and HMRC have designed a package of measures, to help  companies prepare for Brexit in March 2019. It will include a one-off investment of £8 million to support broker training and increased automation. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “HM Treasury and HMRC have been engaging extensively with ... [+]

Customs training plans are news to us, says BIFA

BIFA has complained that it has been kept in the dark over Government plans for Customs, saying that it only learned about plans to invest £8 million in customs training and automation from a report in The Times newspaper. Director general Robert Keen said that in light of the significance of ... [+]

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