CDS Rollout Update and Release 2

The first release of CDS went live in August 2018, providing an initial set of capabilities to support the submission of import supplementary declarations. A number of businesses are now regularly using CDS. Plans for CDS Release 2 imports functionality 

The decision to phase Release 2 (imports functionality) has been taken following conversations with delivery partners and in order to keep as close as possible to our migration targets. We are grateful for your input and support in making these decisions, for example, operationalising submission of frontier declarations in the final phase was to ensure alignment with our external readiness timelines, whilst also taking on board feedback from our partners.

 Breakdown of Release 2 phases

Supplementary declarations are prioritised as the high volume transactions in the UK. In most instances, this functionality will also be applicable to frontier declaration types, once it is enabled. The most recent deployment has now enabled further functionality to;

  • Process imports declarations that enter goods into the below procedures:
    • Excise Warehousing
    • Inward processing where the goods were previously under no procedure, customs warehousing or temporary exportation.
    • Onward supplier relief where the goods were previously under customs warehousing, inward processing, or temporary admission.
  • Aggregate imports supplementary declarations
  • Enhance the risking capability for both fiscal and border safety and security
  • Make imports declarations that enter goods into the following procedures: into customs warehousing, into free circulation with additional CPC variations, re-importation, additional inward processing scenarios.        

The remaining core import functionality, due by February 2019, will include the ability to;

 Validate that declarants/traders hold the following customs authorisations: AEO, EIDR, Simplified Procedures (CFSP), Inward Processing, Outward Processing, End Use, Temporary Admission, Customs Warehousing

  • Make imports declarations that enter goods into the following procedures: into customs warehousing, into free circulation with additional CPC variations, re-importation, additional inward processing scenarios
  • Upload a file securely to HMRC via your declaration software (deploying in January 2019)
  • Download the UK Tariff information electronically (deploying in January 2019)
  • Submit frontier declarations
  • Amend / cancel declarations during declaration dwell time
  • Make declarations that lodge a claim on Quota
  • Make declarations where security is required and held against a duty deferment account
  • Add further CPC functionality to broaden the relief, suspension and preference capability
  • Duty calculations covering all excise commodities
  • Declare goods that require a licence issued by DEFRA.

 This will operationalise frontier submission and will allow for the migration of all 135 targeted traders. It will also give us the critical capabilities to administer imports in the UK. However there are some less common scenarios that will not be catered for, these scenarios will be managed as they arise.

Exports and Immediate Payments

The ability to make immediate payments is expected by the end of March 2019.

 This timeline means it is unlikely we’ll have migrated the majority of exporters before April/May 2019. It is therefore a planning assumption that not all traders will have migrated to CDS by the end of March 2019 and that CHIEF and CDSwill run in parallel beyond this point. This means that some declarants will submit declarations to CHIEF and others to CDS after March 2019. In light of this, where multiple intermediaries are used, it will be possible for import declarations to be made via either system and a choice about dual running of the two systems. For the majority of traders, this will not be something that they will be aware of, nor should this affect their businesses.

 Trade test

The trade test service has experienced challenges in support and stability.  Solutions are in the pipeline.

 The next addition to trade test functionality will be called TTM6.0.0 and is planned for early January 2019. Further information will be issued in trade test communications. It will contain functionality from our recent releases mentioned above, including:

 Relief & suspensions: Onward Supply Relief (OSR) and Inward Processing (IP)

  • Aggregation of declarations
  • Transformation of error codes to use CDS-- or CDS4-- prefix
  • A number of defect fixes for inventory linking and Frontier Declaration types.

Looking ahead, additions of functionality to trade test will be in smaller but more frequent deployments.

Decommissioning CHIEF

Notification on decommissioning CHIEF will be made early this year, including when it will cease to be available for use. All traders will need to ensure they have migrated by this point.

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