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UK companies nervous over deadline for new customs system


If it all goes as planned, the new £157m Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will go live just three months before Britain leaves the EU and will have to manage an external border with the bloc. “HMRC is introducing a massive new programme at what is already a critical time,” said Mr Williams, commercial director of Horizon International Cargo. “It would be a complex undertaking at the best of times but proceeding with it at this very moment feels like a high stakes gamble.” UK companies that export goods outside the EU currently use an ageing computer system called Chief (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) to make their declarations.