Adam Wood, Head of Commercial at Barbourne Brook, discusses the challenges of using customs data to execute an accurate customs strategy and a new opportunity for businesses to bring a game-changing piece of analytical software in-house.

Customs Declaration Service Data (CDS) is the cornerstone of customs compliance, an electronic record of declarations made by a business and its brokers to HMRC. Formerly known as MSS data, it’s an invaluable resource that provides an overview of customs declaration information for auditing, but the data-heavy format is unwieldy and prohibitively time-consuming to use. For this reason, there is a very low take-up rate for CDS data with the vast majority of requests submitted only when notice has been given for HMRC audit.  However, at this point, it’s often too late to take action. This is where CAT360 comes in. 

Using CAT360 To Analyse Customs Data

At Barbourne Brook, we have been using CAT360 to analyse and interpret our consultancy clients’ CDS data for nearly two years, and now we are offering it as a standalone product for use by in-house customs teams.   

A simple interface feeds the CDS data into CAT360, and a series of algorithms extract insightful and actionable informationIn a matter of minutes, CAT360 highlights errors and inconsistencies, indicating compliance issues and potential audit exposures, as well as reclaim opportunities.  It works in a very similar way to the checks used by HMRC, so using it regularly can take all the stress and risk out of a possible audit.

In creating CAT360, we have drawn on our extensive industry experience.  The product functionality enables businesses to: 

a screenshot of Barbourne Brook's CAT360 Customs Analytics Software showing the customs duty overview section
  • Immediately identify potential customs duty reclaims.   
  • Immediately identify opportunities to reduce duty spending and compliance risks.  
  • Gain clearer visibility for more informed decision-making 
  • Pull reports for further analysis.    
  • Get a clear overview of your customs duty management and ensure ongoing compliance with minimal time input. 
  • Run similar checks to HMRC to ensure compliance. 
a screenshot of Barbourne Brook's CAT360 Customs Analytics Software showing the world map section

Using CAT360 can minimise business risk by identifying errors and enabling them to be corrected proactively and without fines. It can also identify overpayments and give the information required to process a reclaim. It is incredibly efficient and eliminates the need to manually update spreadsheets with declaration information.

Adam Wood the Head of Commercial at Barbourne Brook

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If you are interested in finding out more about CAT360 or would be interested in a no-obligation demonstration, call me on 01905 914031 or you can email at