HMRC – Transitioning from CHIEF to CDS: What impact on businesses?

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In August 2021, HM Revenue and Customs announced that the Customs Handling of Import & Export Freight computer system (CHIEF ) currently used to lodge import and export declarations will be fully replaced by a new system called the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) in 2023. “CDS is a key part of the government’s plans for…

About digitisation, digitalisation, and digital transformation…

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I have always been intrigued that buzzwords like “digitisation”, “digitalisation”, and “digital transformation” are interchangeably used in the literature, blog posts, and social networks, whereas they have different meanings. The consequence is that their usage often leads to absurd formulations such as “digitisation of trade compliance”. In the following article, extracted from some recent research…

EC launches new EU Customs action plan

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BRUSSELS; September 28, 2020 — The European Commission has today launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone of the Single Market. They also…

Changes in the Temporary Storage brought by the UCC

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The Union Customs Code (UCC) is already here. As it entered into effect on May 1, 2016, the UCC made all of us undertake a lot of new initiatives in order to be up-to-date with the latest requirements of the Union. In fact, it seems that most of the stakeholders are somewhat confused by the…

UCC delegated act adopted today

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Today’s decision takes the form of a delegated act. This kind of legal act, introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2010, gives the Commission power to adopt the technical, non-essential elements of an existing legislation, in this case of the Union Customs Code (UCC). The act adopted today covers a wide area of customs…