UK-Wide Roadshow helps businesses prepare for new Customs Declaration Service

London, UK, Monday 9th April – Three organisations will be running a series of seminars ahead of August’s phased launch of the Customs Declaration System (CDS), the system set to completely replace the existing system for Customs declarations in the UK.

Agency Sector Management (ASM), the British International Freight Association (BIFA), and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are combining efforts to offer advice and guidance to businesses affected by the implementation of the new CDS system.

The seminars have been organised in response to concerns about the readiness of the new system, and to provide companies with the opportunity to fully understand what CDS is, why it is being introduced, how it will impact their businesses, and when the system will be fully launched.

“The move over to CDS marks the biggest change to impact the processes by which Customs declarations are managed since the introduction of CHIEF, which it replaces, and which is needed to enable importers or exporters to comply with the EU’s recently introduced Union Customs Code (UCC),” said Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA.

“There are significant differences between CHIEF and CDS, and still a lot of unanswered questions about what will be required from our industry,” said Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM.

“These seminars are partly in response to questions we receive from our users when I attend government meetings regarding Brexit and CDS.

“The seminars will provide insight into those differences and address the issues faced by companies that make Customs declarations, which will need time to adjust their internal computer systems to accommodate CDS.”

The seminars are being held at a number of locations across the UK during June and July, with the first taking place on June 12th, 2018.

“We are experiencing high demand for seminar places, and we recommend that anyone looking to attend these highly informative events registers their interest by May 11th,” said MacSwiney.

“Registering is simple – send us an email providing your name, email address, and the name of your company or organisation as well as the regional event you wish to attend.”

Parties can register their interest by sending an email to ASM at, and invitations with full details will also be distributed this week.

Full details of the other seminars can be found here.


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Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM, and Robert Windsor, Executive Director, BIFA deliver a Brexit Briefing at Multimodal 2017

Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, ASM, and Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA deliver a Brexit Briefing at Multimodal 2017












Robert Windsor, Executive Director, BIFA at the Brexit Briefing at Multimodal 2017

Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA at the Brexit Briefing at Multimodal 2017














About Agency Sector Management

Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM), is the leading software provider to the UK Customs clearance and freight forwarding industries and has three decades of experience in addressing the complex needs of global freight forwarders and providing total Customs solutions.

Sequoia, its complete software solution, supports across the board in:

  • Air & Ocean Import and Export
  • External Temporary Storage Facilities (ETSF)
  • Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP)
  • Customs Warehousing
  • New Computerised Transit System (NCTS)
  • Designated Export Place (DEP)
  • Air WayBills (AWB’s)
  • Forwarding Documentation
  • Job Costing and Invoicing
  • Worksheets
  • Web Services Application Programme Interface

ASM represents the interests of the freight forwarding community through advocacy activities, ensuring its voice is heard during drafting of legislation and tackling the issues at the forefront of the industry’s concern.

Through these activities, ASM ensures its software is responsive to its users’ priorities, making it the innovative, integrated solution they need, be they freight forwarders, community, or government systems.

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About the British International Freight Association

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) represents UK companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport.

A not-for-profit organisation, BIFA is funded by subscription and run by its members for members. It operates with a full-time Secretariat, which administers and manages the Association’s affairs.

BIFA provides an effective and proactive organisation dedicated to improving standards of professionalism within the logistics and supply chain industry.

For more information contact Ian Matheson on or +44 (0) 78944 067 62.