2017 Report details for project: Customs Declaration Services (CDS) Programme

Project name: Customs Declaration Services (CDS) Programme - there are 4 reports for this project: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: HMRC (D25) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: HMRC is responsible for delivering an end to end declaration processing service for imports to and exports from the UK. The current service delivery system is the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight service (CHIEF). Each year this business critical service handles c.60 million declarations and collects £34bn revenue, set in a context of an international trade supply chain that is worth £700bn p.a. to the UK economy. This is a business critical declaration processing system handling movements of 3rd country (non-EU) goods. CHIEF operates real time, 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year. The current CHIEF system is more than 23 years old and based on aging Virtual Machine Environment (VME) technology which is becoming difficult to maintain. The service has reached a point where any changes will be both expensive and technically difficult to implement. HMRC are seeking to replace CHIEF with a robust, scalable set of import /export services, capable of delivering this critical function into the future.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Successful delivery of CDS appears feasible, subject to continued management of key risks and issues. There are mitigating actions in place and we are actively managing these. We are using an agile methodology (scaled Agile framework) to incrementally develop system functionality. This means that CDS will be a more flexible service than CHIEF and will provide greater agility to make system changes.
Start date: 2013-10-16
End date: 2018-12-31
Schedule text: Data not provided
Baseline: £36.51m
Forecast: £31.43m
Variance: -14.00%
Variance text: The variance between 2016/17 Baseline and Forecast is due to lower Declaration Processing COTS package costs and a reduced level of resource resulting from the procurement taking longer than planned.
Whole Life Cost: £117.06m
WLCost text: In accordance with Cabinet Office Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) Data Guidance and Definitions governing the quarter two of 2016/17, Whole Life Costs (WLC) total baseline is the summation of resource (RDEL), capital (CDEL), and non-government expenditure, for the period covered by the latest HM Treasury Approval Point/Business Case. The resource and capital cost is made up of three constituent categories: ‘One-off Investment in Change’, ‘New Recurring Costs’, and ‘Old Recurring Costs’.
Notes1: CUSTOMS DECLARATION SERVICES (CDS) Programme
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Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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