Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Get ready for SAD harmonisation

Agency Sector Management is urging agents to familiarise themselves with the new SAD Harmonisation (SAD-H) Customs declarations, by using the new system instead of the old.

And the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has warned  the UK international freight community that it must not sleepwalk into a Big Bang on 20 January when dual-running of the old and new data formats for Customs declarations ceases.

Peter Quantrill, BIFA director general, pointed out that  it was in no-one’s interest to overlook the implementation of the new format.

ASM chairman Peter MacSwiney said: “It is very important that agents, whether ASM customers or not, realise that the deadline by which they must have migrated to the new system is just over a month away, with dual running of both old and new type Customs declarations expiring at midnight on 20 January next year.”

The dual running period was agreed between HMRC and various industry stakeholdersto ease in the new system, a mandatory requirement across the EU and involving major changes to customs declarations.