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The end of an Era. NCTS becomes DVA!

1st December 2024 remains the deadline for the transition from NCTS phase 4 to DVA. 

If you're involved in transporting non-Union goods within Europe, you're likely familiar with NCTS. To comply with the Union Customs Code (UCC), the NCTS customs transport system is undergoing a significant adjustment, being replaced by DVA. From December 1st 2024, you must transition from New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) Phase 4 to the Customs Transit Application (DVA).

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The transition from NCTS to DVA, akin to other customs procedures such as DMS or AES, is rooted in the UCC. The NCTS dataset is being adjusted, and a new customs system is being built according to the European Customs Data Model (EUCDM). In October 2023, a preliminary draft version of the DVA MIG was made available. Gateway wouldn't be Gateway if we didn't promptly ensure we had a thorough understanding and began analysing this MIG to prepare ourselves adequately.

In this article, we will introduce the already known changes of DVA and the planning of the DVA transition.

DVA technical changes

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

Customs transit permits

The basic customs transit process remains unchanged. It still begins with a Transit Departure and ends with a Transit Arrival. Existing permits for Authorised Consignor (TA) and Authorised Consignee (TG) remain valid and unchanged.

New declaration layers and customs offices

The data structure in DVA is changing to the European data model as per the requirements within the UCC. Additionally, it is mandatory to include at least a six-digit HS code. 2 extra levels are introduced for consignments, allowing multiple shipments to be placed on the same transit documents.

Two new workflows are being introduced within the transport process: the "office of incident" and the "office of exit at transit," and within DVA, the processes of "transit" and "export" are integrated.

DVA implementation timeline

In spring 2024, Customs will provide filling instructions for declarants. In March 2024, the test environment for software suppliers (BTO) will open. From the 4th quarter of 2024, companies can connect to DVA.

DVA will be available later than the previously indicated July 1, 2024, as Customs is currently investigating whether Customs and businesses can transition to DVA at once, instead of over a longer period. The 'go/no-go' moment for this adjustment will be coordinated by Customs with a representation of the business community.

More information will follow from Customs for software suppliers and declarants soon. At Gateway, we have already begun analyzing the DVA MIG to prepare ourselves. Gateway closely collaborates with Customs and the Customs Software Alliance (ADS) for the release of the new customs transport system.

Transition deadline

Companies can connect to DVA for the customs transport process from the 4th quarter of 2024. This differs from the earlier mentioned July 1, 2024.

The deadline for transitioning from phase 4 to phase 5 when replacing the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) with DVA remains December 1, 2024. NCTS will be closed from December 1, 2024. From December 2, 2024, onwards, customs transit declarations can only be made via DVA. Companies must be connected to DVA by October 1, 2024, at the latest. Customs will provide more information for software suppliers and companies (declarants) in the coming period.

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

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