CCS Ro-Ro

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CCS Ro-Ro is a new module designed to assist in the smooth movement of air freight on Ro-Ro ferries between Europe and the UK, in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU.

Although initially designed as a solution for airfreight shipments arriving in the UK via truck from the continent, CCS RoRo also works for any freight being transported between the EU and UK via Ro-Ro ferry through the Channel ports, or via the Channel Tunnel crossing.

Companies importing freight to the UK from Europe will enter the information about their loads, the transport details and the drivers into the AIS system, before arrival at the frontier. This information can be uploaded via a web portal (for smaller or ad hoc users), or direct from larger operators’ own IT systems.

The new module is compatible with the Customs CHIEF computer and its replacement, CDS, and will automatically lodge a Customs pre-entry at the port of entry to the UK. When the vehicle arrives in the UK, an automated removal will take place to the ITSF (Internal Temporary Storage Facility, such as London Heathrow), where the import entry will subsequently be made. This will enable arriving vehicles to proceed immediately away from the Ro-Ro ports to an ITSF or ETSF, without using a port-linked clearance facility, and without causing port congestion or incurring delays. Meanwhile, HMRC and Border Force will still retain full visibility of the cargo’s location. Ports, too, will be able to access the system and monitor the vehicles and freight passing through them which are using AIS.

 Existing CCS-UK customers will be able to use CCS-UK Ro-Ro through their current service, without the need for additional links to other port-based community systems. For other potential customers, the CCS Ro-Ro module provides a simple solution that avoids the need to use potentially congested, port-linked clearance facilities.

CCS-UK Ro-Ro is simply an enhancement to the CCS-UK system – a highly-functional and well-established, BT-provided system with a track record of high availability. CCS-UK also interfaces to HMRC’s Anti-Smuggling net, and can issue holds on freight when required.

The new module will also ensure that freight recorded and controlled through CCS-UK’s AIS is fully visible, tracked and reconciled. This means HMRC will be able to fully recover duties, while Border Force will enjoy full visibility for inspection purposes.

Should a deal on Britain’s EU exit be confirmed in due course, the CCS-UK Ro-Ro module will be adapted to meet the agreed revised reporting requirements. Contact CCS-UK User Group for more information.

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