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AGS to DMS– Simplify the transition, ensure compliance

As the rather lengthy transition from AGS to DMS continues for Dutch Customs, we are keeping you informed of the latest updates for the DMS 4.0/4.1 phases.

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Why is AGS being replaced?

In order to comply with the Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) and the accompanying Union Customs Code (UCC) legal requirements, Dutch Customs is developing a new declaration system, DMS 4.0, which will replace the existing AGS declaration system. This change will require technology-driven processes that can cope with the new, highly automated, real-time declarations and will be accompanied with a release of DMS 4.1, which will replace the GPA and SPA processes. C4T is aligned with Dutch Customs to ensure CAS is fully integrated with DMS by the time it will launch.

What are the key implications of these changes

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Keep Authorisations?

Traders that previously used the globalisation possible in the GPA/SPA system in combination with an Entry in the Declarant's Records (EiDR) or a customs warehousing authorisation must choose whether to keep their current customs authorisations or not. This will impact the way in which they will be able to manage their declarations processes.

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New Data Sets

DMS 4.0 allows traders to make use of new data sets aligned with the UCC. The declarations that can be made under this model include all types of import, export, and storage declarations, with the exception of EiDR, and will allow declarants to lodge declarations in real time.

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Chain Arrangement

DMS 4.1 allows traders to perform EiDR declarations using the so-called chain arrangement. These declarations consist of several main elements: the presentation notification, followed by an EiDR and, after 10 days, a supplementary declaration. Throughout the process, an audit file of your stock records must be maintained in a way that is prescribed by customs. DMS requires a different mindset compared to GPA/SPA with slightly different flows. Traders need to know their volumes, think in terms of processes, and be aware that timing is key.  

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Keep Authorisations?

Traders that previously used the globalisation possible in the GPA/SPA system in combination with an Entry in the Declarant's Records (EiDR) or a customs warehousing authorisation must choose whether to keep their current customs authorisations or not. This will impact the way in which they will be able to manage their declarations processes.

icon-master-data

New Data Sets

DMS 4.0 allows traders to make use of new data sets aligned with the UCC. The declarations that can be made under this model include all types of import, export, and storage declarations, with the exception of EiDR, and will allow declarants to lodge declarations in real time.

icon-special-proc

Chain Arrangement

DMS 4.1 allows traders to perform EiDR declarations using the so-called chain arrangement. These declarations consist of several main elements: the presentation notification, followed by an EiDR and, after 10 days, a supplementary declaration. Throughout the process, an audit file of your stock records must be maintained in a way that is prescribed by customs. DMS requires a different mindset compared to GPA/SPA with slightly different flows. Traders need to know their volumes, think in terms of processes, and be aware that timing is key.  

Prepare for the transition

Everyone could use a helpful worksheet when learning a new process. Take advantage of our checklist which outlines the five steps you need to follow to prepare for DMS.

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5 steps to prepare for DMS

Transition Timing: AGS to DMS

DMS 4.0

The time schedule of the implementation of DMS 4.0 has changed due to a connection issue which is not allowing Customs to send certain duty payment information to the European Commission. Instead of migrating declarants with normal import and storage declarations to DMS 4.0, customs has decided to first migrate declarants with normal storage procedures. As of September 2022 they will commence with connecting import and export declarants.

DMS 4.1

The transition to DMS 4.1 will begin with standard customs warehouses from September-December, 2022. Companies using EiDR without phytosanitary or veterinary goods will transition between December 2022 and April 2023 and, finally, those using EiDR with phytosanitary or veterinary goods will transition between January and June of 2023.

There are certain Special Procedure authorisations that are particularly helpful when trading in the Netherlands, one where you can see a significant return is the Customs or Bonded Warehouse (CWH) authorisation. This authorisation allows either a reduction or complete relief from customs duty and taxes in applicable circumstances. 

Are you interested in automating your customs declarations? See how CAS does this while also continuously updating in accordance with changing timelines and regulations from Dutch customs.

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