NCTS P5 goes live in Belgium on 11/29/2023

Technologies are nice, but as soon as they stop working, it's a different matter. NCTS (New Computerized Transit System) also needs a thorough update. To comply with the UCC, the transit document system must be updated. The NCTS-project falls under the umbrella of NCTS P5 (Phase 5) and is currently going live in Belgium on 11/29/2023. What all this means? DKM Customs is happy to explain it to you!

Background and changes

The UCC (Union Customs Code), as with all customs procedures, underlies these changes. The dataset will change and the new NCTS will be built from the European Data Model (EUCDM).

This includes a thorough update of the transit system. We would like to give you a brief overview of the most important changes:

  • Messaging is changing from edifact to XML, but this is happening behind the scenes. This change is being developed within th NCTS module.
  • The data structure changes to the European data model to the regulations within the UCC.
  • The declarant is required to submit (at least) a 6-digit HS code along with it.
  • To replace the Belgian TAO list, there will be a link between NCTS and AES.
  • The call segment lump sum disappears.
  • A pre-lodge (type D - message IE015) comes through the presentation notification (IE170) as an option for transit documents. The document will expire if not cleared within 30 days.
  • There will be an additional level for house consignments. Thus, from P5, it is possible to place multiple consignments on the same transit documents.

How do you prepare for this?

As we indicated earlier, the biggest change is behind the scenes, changing the message format of NCTS from edifact to XML, but in this we are being taken care of by Stream Software. However, the following may have an impact: mandatory entry of the 6-digit rate code and correct entry of the call segment.

Are you not currently sending an HS code within your transit returns? If so, DKM recommends that you make the necessary preparations for this in advance. Keep in mind that there is the possibility that you may have to ask your clients to provide you with the necessary data. In addition to the HS code, consider the disappearance of the call segment lump sum. In practice, fixed amounts are usually entered. So this will soon be a thing of the past.

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