The replacement for CHIEF has already experienced delays in the switchover, and was expected to finally come into force in January, however this has now been pushed back to November to allow for more testing. It could also mean that in reality it could be at least into 2024.
There have been reports of multiple outages and messaging faults from HMRC, with many companies having difficulty with the software and implication.
Sarah Hartley, Director of Border Change Delivery at HMRC said:
We have moved the deadline to enable us to spend more time working with industry in delivering and testing critical functionality as well as the support needed to help declarants move across to the new system. The extra time also allows businesses and stakeholders more time to prepare their customers and software products for the November deadline.
Mark Phippen from Descartes Pentant Community System Provider, a HMRCdelivery partner for CDS, said:
We believe the new timeline for CDS exports is a sensible and pragmatic decision, allowing HMRC and, in turn, service providers, traders and agents, to develop systems and procedures that work for all from day one.
Amanda Francis, CEO, Association of International Courier and Express Services said:
AICES fully supports the Government’s extension of the migration timetable for exports on CDS. It is a pragmatic decision which reflects the need to ensure the new system is properly tested and stable. We particularly welcome the decision to allow operational flexibility with the phased migration of exports from CHIEF to CDS.
Steve Bartlett, Chairman of Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS) said:
AFSS and its members welcome the announcement to move the Exports deadline for CDS, and the revised plan has our full support. Indeed, we are particularly grateful for the huge effort made by HMRC to consult and work with AFSS in the programme. Jointly, we have sound controls and checkpoints in place to ensure that as we progress into 2023, we successfully achieve the Trader migration to the new platform.
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Source: The loadstar / gov.uk