The flagship of the software developed by Microhelp over the last thirty years is the "Bonded Warehouse System". It completely meets the requirements of the three interested parties for a stock control system aimed at this administratively intense area; the system holds and reports on the data most important to the warehouse keeper and the owner of the goods and still manages to cover the data and record keeping to comply with all current HM Customs regulations.
With the ability to charge RH&D for LCL cargo by carton, cube, pallet, or weight it is one of the most comprehensive suites on the market. Rent can also be charged out on the same basis with consignment and invoice minima to ensure that the package has a tangible payback.
The system has evolved considerably since its first incarnation in 1984, equally capable of handling free-store (Duty paid) stock or consignments subject to Import Duty, VAT, Anti-dumping duty and GSP, the system is very simple to operate yet powerful enough to seriously compete with products costing 5 times as much.
CDS is the successor to CFSP which in turn replaced scheduling; this allows the warehouse-keeper to advise HMRC of removals from customs control "Bond" into free circulation and ensures the timely and correct payment of import duties and calculation of VAT.
Despite the fact that CDS appears to be still a 'Work-in-Progress' HMRC have closed access to CHIEF and all declarations regarding removal of goods from a Customs Warehouse (along with most other Import declarations) have to use CDS. CDS defines a link to their API (Application Program Interface) which allows users to send some types of declaration directly to HMRC - others, such as inventory linked imports, still require the declaration to be submitted via the CSP (Community Systems Provider) for the relevant port. In the same way that our CFSP module interfaced with our Warehouse program, CDS does exactly the same - the main differences are the format of the message sent (XML rather than EDIFACT for the technically minded) and the size of the message - 30-40 lines of data per items removed for CHIEF and more than 240 for CDS. For further information please contact us to discuss your requirements.