From AGS to DMS

Customs has started preparations for an important change to AGS. AGS will also be given a new name: the Customs Declarations Management System (DMS).

The change consists of 5 components

  • The data requirements (dataset) of the declarations will change. Declarants currently declaring goods through AGS must start declaring those goods via DMS no later than 1 July 2021, in accordance with the amended Appendix B of the Union's Customs Code.
  • There will be a new functionality in DMS: the processing of control results. How this will affect you is explained below under 'Processing control results’.
  • DMS replaces the Automated Periodic Declaration (Geautomatiseerde Periodieke Aangifte, GPA) and the Written Periodic Declaration (Schriftelijke Periodieke Aangifte, SPA). The transition will be complete by 1 July 2021.
  • Holders of an Authorisation Entry in Declarant's records (EIR) must submit (supplementary) declarations and/or send presentation notifications through DMS by 1 January 2023. This applies to the customs procedures Customs Warehousing, Inward Processing and Temporary Admission.
  • The current VENUE will also be replaced. Further information on this will be published on this website as soon as it becomes available.

The transition to DMS will affect you in different ways depending on your situation, as set out below.

You only declare goods through AGS

DMS 4.0 will succeed AGS 3.1. You are going to use it to submit the AGS declarations that you are currently submitting via AGS. You will need to modify your system in accordance with the revised message specifications for DMS 4.0. Control results are processed differently with DMS. This may have consequences for your process. More information about this is provided below under ‘Processing control results’.

You submit supplementary declarations through GPA or SPA, as well as declarations via AGS

DMS 4.0 will soon replace the GPA and the SPA. You must modify your system in accordance with the revised message specifications for DMS 4.0. Submitting (supplementary) declarations via DMS may have consequences for the way you are required to record data in your administration. Control results are processed differently with DMS and this may have consequences for your process. More information about this is provided below under ‘Processing control results’.

Do you also report stock movements via the GPA at present? In that case you should continue to do so until further notice. As soon as the situation changes you will hear from us.

You submit supplementary declarations via the GPA or SPA, but no declarations via AGS

DMS 4.0 will soon replace the GPA and the SPA. You must ensure that you can submit your supplementary declarations through DMS. You will have to apply for a Registration of electronic communication for that purpose. Submitting (supplementary) declarations via DMS may have consequences for the recording of data in your administration. Control results are processed differently with DMS and this may have consequences for your process. More information about this is provided below under ‘Processing control results’.

Do you also report stock movements via the GPA at present? In that case you should continue to do so until further notice. As soon as the situation changes you will hear from us.

You hold an Authorisation Entry in Declarant's Records (EIR) for placing under Customs warehousing and/or Inward Processing and/or Temporary Admission

As holder of an Authorisation Entry in Declarant's Records (EIR) for placing under the procedures Customs Warehousing, Inward Processing and Temporary Admission, you will have to file your declaration by registering the goods in your records. Presentation notifications and supplementary declarations must be submitted via DMS, if applicable.

Processing control results

Control results are processed differently with DMS. In AGS 3.1 Customs always 'corrected' the declaration. With DMS 4.0 the declarant has to make his own corrections after receiving a message containing the control results from DMS. Goods are not released until the 'corrected' declaration has been fully processed by Customs.

New message specifications

The new message specifications (MIG) for DMS 4.0 are expected in the second quarter of 2019. These will be discussed with the software developers at that time. We anticipate that DMS will become available in the business test environment in the 4th quarter of 2019.

More information on this subject is to be found in the Customs Administration community for software developers (community voor softwareontwikkelaars Belastingdienst Douane).

Focus group

To ensure that we are well-prepared for the changes, a focus group with representatives from the business community has been set up. This group discusses the changes for the business community following the arrival of DMS. If you have question please direct them to your umbrella organisation. Any further information about the transition from AGS to DMS will be published on this website as soon as it becomes available to us.

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