Farewell to the CHIEF – in 2023

The Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will become the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023, says HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) HMRC will close its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) from this date, after which all businesses will need to declare goods through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). CDS is currently used for Northern Ireland and Rest of World declarations and has already processed more than one million declarations since ... [+]

New chair for HMRC board

HMRC has appointed Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia as the new chair or its board. A member of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Council and former chief executive of Virgin Money, she replaces Mervyn Walker. [+]

Davies Turner director turns film star for HMRC

“Get ready for January 2021 and find a freight forwarder to help you,” says a new film starring Davies Turner & Co director Alan Williams.Davies Turner, one of the UK’s largest independent freight forwarding companies was approached by HMRC to help with the public information broadcast for social media.The film ... [+]

HMRC appoints data chief

HMRC has appointed Daljit Rehal as chief digital and information officer (CDIO). He joins after nearly nine years at Centrica as global digital and data services director and previously held senior positions at Talk Talk and Virgin Media. He replaces interim CDIO director general Mark Denney. [+]

New deputy chief for HMRC

Angela MacDonald has been appointed as deputy chief executive and second permanent secretary at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The post has been vacant since Jim Harra took over as first permanent secretary and chief executive in October 2019. MacDonald is currently director general for customer services group at HMRC ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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 ... [+]

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