From AGS and G(S)PA to DMS

Customs has started replacing AGS, Venue and G(S)PA with a new system, the Customs Declaration Management System (Douaneaangiften Management Systeem, DMS).

Effects of the transition to DMS

  • Do you currently file declarations with AGS? From 1 December 2023 onwards, you will have to file using DMS.
  • Do you file declarations with Venue? From 1 December 2023 onwards, you will have to file using DMS.
  • Do you want to use the Section 23 and/or 25 exemptions for e-commerce declarations up to € 150? And do these declarations meet the conditions for using the reduced dataset (column H7 of Annex B GVo.DWU)? If so, you can file them in DECO.
  • Do you have an Entry in the Declarant's Records (EIDR, or IIAA in Dutch) authorisation for the customs procedures regarding the release for free circulation, active distribution, temporary importation, end-use or customs warehousing? This means that the method of filing declarations at Customs will change for you. The current declaration systems and procedures GPA and SPA will be replaced by DMS from February 2023. This implementation will be done in phases and should be completed by 1 January 2024.
  • The data requirements (dataset) of the declarations change. Please use the following for the declaration:
    • the data requirements of Annex B of Regulation 2015/2446 (the Commission Delegated Regulation, Dutch abbreviation: Gvo.DWU)
    • the formats and codes of Annex B of Implementing Regulation DWU (Uvo DWU)
    • the national additions in Annex VIa of the General Customs Regulations
  • Part of the present authorisation holders declares goods for consecutive customs procedures and uses the EIDR procedure for each declaration. If you have an EIDR authorisation for placing goods under consecutive customs procedures then you can, under certain conditions, use the so-called chain procedure. In order to assess the nature of the goods and goods flow, the goods must be presented at the first link of the chain. The goods need not be presented once more at subsequent links of the chain. If you place the goods under a subsequent customs procedure, you must enter them in the same declarant’s records to use the chain procedure.
  • EIDR authorisation holders will have to start using the so-called stock audit file to exchange the inspection information previously included in the GPA. If you choose scenario 3 (chain arrangement), this is mandatory.


The transition from AGS to DMS is implemented in stages. Check our planning.

How does this change affect me?

Do you currently only file declarations using AGS? In that case, you will be filing declarations using DMS 4.0, the successor to AGS 3.1. However, you will need to modify your business processes and declaration system according to the modified message specifications for DMS 4.0 and take into account of the modified processing of inspection findings.

Do you currently file additional declarations using the Automated Periodic Declaration (GPA) and the Written Periodic Declaration (SPA)GPA or SPA, or do you haveold an An IIAA authorisationEIDR authorisation for storage in a customs warehouse, inward processing, or temporary import? This means you will file your declarations using DMS 4.1. To this end, we developed 3 scenarios which we discussed in our webinar of 21 April 2021. We then asked companies which scenario best fits their business operations.

The amended message specifications (MIG) for DMS 4.0 and 4.1 have now been published on the website of the National Helpdesk Dutch Customs, in the information section of the Dutch Customs Support Centre for Software Developers. Here you can also find more information about the test environment for companies (BTO) and the so-called validation test service (VTS).


Customs Business Consultation (Overleg Douane Bedrijfsleven, ODB)

In order to properly implement the changes, a focus group comprised of representatives from the business sector has been set up to discuss the changes business will be facing due to the implementation of DMS. If you have any questions, please put them to your branch organisation or the bedrijvencontactpunt (commercial contact point ) in your region.

More information?

Do you have any questions? Please contact the Dutch Customs National Helpdesk. Is your question about a subject other than message processing in AGS or DMS? Please contact your bedrijvencontactpunt (commercial contact point ).

Are you a software developer? Please visit the website of the Dutch Customs National Helpdesk and go to the information section of the Dutch Customs Support Centre for Software Developers.

Because of the transition from AGS and G(S)PA to DMS, declarants must provide other data. You can read the announcement of this amendment in the Staatscourant (Government Gazette, only available in Dutch).

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