Another successful year for the BIFA training program

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has confirmed that elements of the CDS eLearning online course it launched in the fall of 2021 to help prepare BIFA members and others to operate the customs declaration service (CDS) of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will begin to integrate with other Customs Trade Association live online training courses starting this month.

“The CDS eLearning course has been very popular since its inception. In response to feedback from the over 200 delegates who have taken the course, we have decided to start adding content, including useful CHIEF / CDS correlation tables, to our other customs related training courses, ”explains the Director. executive Carl Hobbis, who manages the training activities of the BIFA. .

He adds: “Despite having to deliver our entire portfolio of online courses in 2021, this has been a great year for the trade association’s training programs.

“Over 1,000 learners have been trained in our videoconferencing sessions and over 1,000 more have taken our various eLearning courses.

“They say success breeds success and this month will see the appointment of an additional full-time trainer to our training delivery team.

“Delegate feedback on the CDS eLearning course reveals that almost 60% of learners would prefer face-to-face sessions, but the new variant put an end to the reintroduction of classroom sessions that we had just started to implement. , which is disappointing.

The CDS online training was launched in September 2021 and was developed by BIFA in collaboration with leading customs software company Agency Sector Management (ASM) to educate users on the main differences between CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight ) and CDS.

Since its introduction, the course has had over 200 registrations and offers hands-on lessons, practical exercises and a technical resource, ending with an assessment.

BIFA CEO Robert Keen adds that the trade association took the initiative and worked with ASM to create a relevant training course to help BIFA members understand and implement the different working methods involved in the new system, which HMRC said would replace CHIEF gradually. transition ending in April 2023.

He says the CDS online course is suitable for anyone completing customs declarations and covers the main differences between CHIEF and CDS to allow users to submit customs declarations for exports and imports through the new system regardless of the software vendor used.

The course consists of eight modules, which provide an introduction to CDS; as well as the required data elements, and UK customs tariff and procedure codes. Other modules cover trade relations, arrangements and valuation; payment methods and authorizations; as well as indicators of documents, certifications and authorizations.

Simulation exercises and an assessment will allow all delegates to test their knowledge and understanding of future import and export declaration processes, putting into practice what they have learned on each module.

Keen concludes, “As the dual functioning of the two systems will continue, we know enough about the new CDS system to be confident in offering a training course to BIFA members and others that provides training. cost-effective and invaluable advice and information. It is designed to help them prepare for when CDS serves as the UK’s single customs platform at the end of March 2023. “
Source: BIFA

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