2019 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
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/Red
DCA text: The amber/red delivery confidence assessment reflects the concerns that IT testing activities took longer than expected and CDS Release 3 go-live date was moved to March 2019. We have agreed and begun to implement a significant delivery organisation change, with clearer accountabilities and increased levels of SCS leadership. This will allow targeted action on key lessons learned to date, particularly Release 1 delivery.
Start date: 2013-10-16
End date: 2019-01-31
Schedule text: Release 2 ( All Imports functionality) delivery date remains the end of November and Release 3 (All Exports funtionality) delivery was moved to March 2019 as agreed at August Programme Board. However as with any large complex delivery there are always risks to delivery.
Baseline: £75.49m
Forecast: £75.57m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £226.33m
WLCost text: Budgeted Whole Life Costs are reported in Real Terms with an index year of 2017.
Sourcefile: None

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