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The end of an Era. NCTS becomes DVA!
What doest this mean for you as an Customs Agent?

If you transport non-Union goods within Europe, you are certainly familiar with the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS). To comply with the Union Customs Code (UCC), the NCTS customs transit system is undergoing a thorough update and will be replaced by the “Douanevervoer Applicatie” (DVA).

The transition from NCTS to DVA, as with other customs procedures such as DMS or AES, is based on the UCC. The NCTS dataset is being adjusted, and a new customs system is being developed according to the European customs data model EUCDM. In October 2023, a preliminary concept version of the MIG DVA was made available. Gateway wouldn’t be Gateway if we didn’t immediately ensure that we know all the ins and outs and started analysing this MIG to prepare ourselves adequately. Unfortunately, the available MIG does not yet include all national adjustments, as Customs is waiting for agreement with the supplier. However, announcements have already been made on the Customs website. We will explain this in more detail below.

DVA Technical Changes

The main changes are software-based in the data model, message structure, and message exchange. Additionally, the model of a declaration is adjusted from two layers to four layers in the DVA, communication will no longer be via Edifact but via XML, and more functionalities will be added.

Customs Transit Permits

The basic process of customs transit remains unchanged. It still starts with a Transit Departure and ends with a Transit Arrival. The existing permits Authorized Consignor (AC) and Authorized Consignee (AG) remain valid and are not adjusted.

DVA Declaration

The data structure in DVA changes to the European data model according to the regulations within the UCC. Moreover, it is mandatory to include at least a 6-digit HS code. For house shipments, there is an additional level, making it possible to place multiple shipments on the same transit documents.

Two New Workflows

Within the transport process, two new workflows are introduced: the “office of incident” and the “office of exit for transport,” and within the DVA, the “transport” and “export” processes are linked.

Timeline of the DVA Transition

In the spring of 2024, Customs will provide filling instructions for declarants. In mid-May 2024, the test environment for software providers (BTO) opens. From July 1, 2024, companies can connect to DVA. By October 1, 2024, all companies must be connected to DVA, and from December 2, 2024, declarations can no longer be made in NCTS. Keep this in mind!

More information from Customs for software providers and declarants will follow soon. At Gateway, we have already started analyzing the MIG DVA to prepare. Gateway works closely with Customs and the Customs Software Alliance (CSA) for the release of the new customs transit system.

We will, in any case, carefully prepare this transition, together with our clients. If you want to know how we do this, please contact us!"

Please note that some specific terms and acronyms have been translated to their closest English equivalents where direct translations are not available or commonly used.

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