Feltham, United Kingdom, January 25, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Comments Peter MacSwiney, Chairman of ASM, which is the UK’s leading developer and supplier of software solutions and first class support to members of the freight community: “We were very vocal last year in highlighting the potential problems that agents might face.
“After HMRC indicated that they intended simply to switch off the old system overnight, we lobbied hard for them to allow this period of dual-running and believe that it has certainly helped smooth the transition.
“I also believe that the series of seminars that ASM held around the UK over the last six months helped companies to gain a thorough understanding of the new formats and the software that underpins them, as they migrated to the new system.
“CHIEF certainly looks like it is standing up to the challenges placed on it leaving us with few remaining concerns about the migration process.”
Version 11.1 of GeMS, which was made available by ASM in 2007, has all the SAD-H Customs functionality in place enabling users to implement all the new procedures.
But, agents should not rest on their laurels warns Mr MacSwiney. “Other EU initiatives are following ‘hot on the heels’ of SAD-H. These initiatives will introduce new EU-wide controls, including both Export and Import Control Systems (ECS and ICS) and will add significant complexity, involving either completely new systems or major enhancements of existing ones. These initiatives will require summary declarations to be provided (for safety and security purposes) in addition to current customs declarations, well in advance of goods entering or leaving the EU.”