ALS Customs Services presents Customs 2.0

ALS Customs Services has automated customs clearance processes between the UK and France. Once the necessary export and import data has been entered, the Customs Control Tower (CCT) automatically generates the necessary customs declarations on both sides before transport. This allows customers to benefit from the smoothest possible passage from the border point across the English Channel.

Since the UK left the EU customs union, the customs formalities set out in EU and UK laws apply to all goods imported from the UK into the customs territory of the Union or vice versa. It is therefore necessary to obtain pre-clearance for imports at ports before departure for France or the United Kingdom: due to the short crossings between Calais and Dover and the infrastructure constraints at these border crossing points. When crossing the border, the status of pre-declared imports is automatically processed via the French SI Brexit or British GVMS systems. Based on regulatory risk assessments, trucks are selected for inspection at the port or inland border facility or for clearance without further stop. The challenge here is that if the necessary data is not available until late in the supply chain, transit times increase.

In order to guarantee the shortest transit times, ALS Customs Services has now developed its automated customs control tower. This innovative tool, which was created by the in-house customs technology team, obtains required customs data via EDI and connects customers to all local ALS customs systems.

Richard Revyn, Managing Director ALS Europe says, “Our vision at ALS is to ensure compliance while providing the smoothest border crossing experience for our customers. The automated process ensures that data is transferred to our UK and French customs systems and simultaneously generates the appropriate customs declarations on both sides – a true “Brexit Green Channel”.

Once exporters and importers are fully integrated, customs and shipping transaction data can be processed in each connected country as required.

Fabrice Raimond, Managing Director of ALS Douane France, adds: “In order to offer our customers a 24/7 service, we have developed an additional function at ALS Douane France so that the pre-filed French import declaration is automatically transmitted to the customer or his carrier. Our focus is increasingly shifting from transactional work to customer onboarding and compliance checks. »