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UK companies nervous over deadline for new customs system

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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.

https://www.ft.com/content/00bc55e4-e0ee-11e7-8f9f-de1c2175f5ce

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