BT col­lab­o­rates with CCS-UK for air freight

The new elec­tronic fall­back sys­tem will pre­vent melt­down in the UK’s air cargo in­dus­try of a pro­longed out­age of HMRC’s vi­tal cus­toms han­dling.

Cargo Talk - - International -

The air cargo in­dus­try plays a ma­jor role in the UK econ­omy; ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued by the Air­ports Com­mis­sion in 2015, around 40 per cent by value of UK’s trade out­side the EU is trans­ported by air, with the to­tal value of trad­able goods through UK air­ports ex­ceed­ing £140 bil­lion in 2014.

The new CCS-UK ca­pa­bil­ity is de­signed to pre­vent the cat­a­strophic im­pact of a ma­jor sys­tem fail­ure, which would cause cargo back­logs and may­hem at UK air­ports, and cost the econ­omy tens of mil­lions of pounds.

‘CCS-UK Fall­back’ al­lows au­tho­rised traders to con­tinue pro­cess­ing cus­toms ex­port dec­la­ra­tions in the event of any sig­nif­i­cant sys­tem out­age, and re­ceive au­to­matic fall­back clear­ance to ship goods with­out de­lay. Im­port en­tries will also re­ceive fall­back clear­ance, avoid­ing the back­log­ging that would re­sult from man­ual cus­toms clear­ance. De­signed by BT for CCS-UK, the fall­back sys­tem – once trig­gered - will func­tion for up to 30 days; as soon as CHIEF (Cus­toms Han­dling of Im­port and Ex­port Freight) re­turns to nor­mal op­er­a­tion, CCSUK Fall­back will trans­mit all stored en­tries for pro­cess­ing in the nor­mal way.

The new ser­vice is unique to the CCS-UK com­mu­nity and is be­ing pro­vided at no additional cost to its users.

BT (which built and op­er­ates CCS-UK), and the CCS-UK user group (which rep­re­sents the user com­mu­nity) have spent three years work­ing on CCS-UK Fall­back, col­lab­o­rat­ing closely with HMRC and the in­dus­try to de­velop the so­lu­tion.

Says Steve Parker, Head of Cus­toms for Europe, DHL and Chair­man, CCS-UK User Group, “With grow­ing air freight vol­umes through our ma­jor air­ports, the ad­vent of Heathrow’s third run­way, po­ten­tial additional pres­sures on Cus­toms sys­tems fol­low­ing Brexit and an age­ing HMRC com­puter sys­tem sched­uled for re­place­ment in the next few years, there has never been a greater need for the added resilience that this new fea­ture will de­liver.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion from un­planned out­ages, CCS-UK Fall­back will also smooth the even­tual tran­si­tion from CHIEF to its re­place­ment (CDS), en­abling the air cargo in­dus­try to con­tinue func­tion­ing as nor­mal in the event of any teething prob­lems with the new hard­ware or soft­ware. Colm O’Neill, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ma­jor Busi­ness and Pub­lic Sec­tor at BT, adds, “BT’s tech­nol­ogy fa­cil­i­tates the im­port and ex­port of goods into and out of the coun­try “

(L to R) David Bowen (Di­rec­tor of Con­tract Man­age­ment, BT Busi­ness and Pub­lic Sec­tor), Laura Luck­ing (Deputy Di­rec­tor, Cus­toms - HMRC) and Steve Parker (Chair­man, CCS-UK User Group) at the BT Tower.

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