Descartes successfully submit first declarations under new Customs Declaration Service

Descartes Systems UK Ltd has announced that the first successful declarations submitted via HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) new Customs Declaration Service in the UK were achieved with Descartes e-Customs.

The Customs Declaration Service or CDS is the new system for managing import and export customs declarations, replacing HMRC's legacy Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system. Following the technical release of CDS in August, Descartes have been working closely with HMRC to prepare their first trader for making the first declaration using the new system, which was successfully completed on 3rd September. Descartes is now working to help their other clients to prepare for this and future releases.

Martin Meacock, Director of Product Management, Customs Europe for Descartes commented "This a critical milestone in the development of CDS and we are honoured to be the first software house to successfully submit a CDS declaration on behalf of our customers. There are a number of changes between the CDS system and CHIEF, which are not only technical but also around the rules of completion and data required to comply with the EU Union Customs Code. We have worked closely with the HMRC and our customers to achieve this and will be introducing new features to facilitate the additional CDS import / export functionality in future releases but achieving this first step is vital in our strategy in supporting our customers during these challenging times."

Kevin Franklin, HMRC Customs Transformation Programme Director said: "I am delighted the first declaration has successfully been submitted on the Customs Declaration Service. This is an important milestone for both HMRC and our trade partners, and we will continue to work with them all to move businesses from CHIEF to CDS."

Why Descartes for European Customs?

As governments around Europe look to update their systems to meet the requirements of the UCC as well as the potential challenges that the UK leaving the European Union brings in UK – EU trade, the combination of Descartes' software-as-a-service offerings and the world's most extensive logistics messaging network will help organisations be prepared to meet current and future global trade mandates. Descartes' European footprint puts the organisation in a strong position to help traders in a post-Brexit world.

Descartes European Customs

Many businesses are faced with tackling the often confusing legal and regulatory framework and procedures relating to customs and excise declarations. The existing trend towards Express and Just-in-Time (JIT) delivery and maintaining low inventories has also imposed additional time constraints on shipments. Complying with regulatory procedures, while meeting competing business needs and timelines has made accurate declarations a serious challenge. The Descartes European Customs solution enables more efficient and cost-saving customs clearance in the various countries in Europe.

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