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Customs Declaration Services Programme

HM Treasury written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Campbell-Savours Lord Campbell-Savours Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what back-up arrangements are to be put in place in the event of a failure of the Customs Declaration Service after March 2019.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) remains on track to deliver the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) by January 2019, and is hitting its critical milestones. HMRC has robust contingency arrangements in place if the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) is not ready by March 2019. Dual running of the existing Customs Handling of Imports and Export Freight (CHIEF) system with CDS is due to start in August 2018. HMRC can revert solely to CHIEF if necessary.

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