Posted 4th August 2022
Get ready for CDS with Baxter Freight!
The way customs is handled in the UK is changing – but together with our partner, Gerlach, we’ll work closely with you to keep your freight moving through the transition. Gerlach’s the biggest customs facilitator in Europe, and their dedicated expertise means all our customers are well-equipped to jump from CHIEF to CDS in time for the move.
|Now is the time to check in on your customs process as HMRC are completely overhauling their system, switching over from CHIEF, which has been operating for over thirty years, to a fully digital system, CDS (Customs Declaration Service).
The Directors General for Borders and Trade at HMRC, says, “CDS is a key part of the government’s plans for a world-leading fully digitised border that will help UK businesses to trade and to prosper.”
CHIEF is a legacy system that was set up to handle paperwork in a world before Brexit. It was never created to handle fully digitised processes, and the aim of CDS is for a more efficient customs process.
CDS is live now, so if you’re still currently working with CHIEF, it’s time to get prepared for the changes. This could take a few weeks to set up so it’s important you get the ball rolling as soon as possible!
|Our Customs Manager, Chris Roome says:
“We saw great success in supporting our customers through Brexit, and these changes are small compared to the very busy few years we’ve experienced. The more our customers prepare in advance the better, to help keep freight moving faster and more efficiently.”