2018 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: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: HMRC is responsible for delivering an end to end Customs declaration processing service for imports to and exports from the UK. The current 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. 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 is 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: We have made good progress on delivering CDS since the NAO report in July 2017. Overall delivery confidence continues to be rated as ‘amber’ We have successfully delivered the critical milestones for November and December 2017 the creation of the trade test environment and the start of trade testing, This has resulted in supplementary declarations entering the system and the correct response being received back from CDS.” We are on plan to deliver the next critical path milestones Trade Test 3 scheduled for the end of February 2018. Engagement with Software houses and CSP’s has deepened and widened as phased migration in August approaches and detailed complex e2e planning is in action. The programme remains large and complex so programme control is a major focus in our activities allowing for risks and issues to be understood and managed.
Start date: 2013-10-16
End date: 2018-12-31
Schedule text: Extended Programme Closure (end date) includes Programme closure processes.
Baseline: £35.70m
Forecast: £36.42m
Variance: 2.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £133.22m
WLCost text: Budgeted Whole Life Costs are reported in Real Terms with an index year of 2017
Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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