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6/30/09

Implementation of new versions of Customs clearance systems postponed - Further instructions

On 26 June 2009, the National Board of Customs decided that the new application versions of the import (ITU), export (ELEX) and transit (NCTS) systems will not be implemented by 1 July 2009 as earlier planned, but at a later date. Also, EORI numbers will not yet be used as of 1 July 2009. The postponement is due to technical problems. It is possible that the implementation is postponed only by one week. The new implementation date will be announced in a separate notice as soon as possible.

Till then, until the above-mentioned systems are taken into production use, the current procedures are applied. However, the following shall be taken into account.´

ITU import clearance

The changes in import declaration announced in the National Board of Customs circular (THT) no. 81/010/2009 will not be implemented until the new version of ITU is taken into production use.

We request to provide the first day of the period in the initial periodic clearance declarations (BPM and BPW), lodged from 1 July onwards.

NCTS transit, NCTS-TIR transit

The changes that were supposed to enter into force 1 July 2009 are the following (circular THT 83/010/2009):

- providing the EORI-number,
- providing the identification number of the TIR Carnet holder,
- voluntarily providing the security data, and
- the changes in providing the previous procedure.

Providing the EORI-number

The implementation of the EORI number for the principal and the new code (R) for the principal’s character will be postponed to a date to be announced later.

Providing identification data on the TIR Carnet holder

If an operator wishes to provide identification data on the TIR Carnet holder (ID number), please note that this is possible and won’t prevent the TIR transit declaration from being accepted at Customs.

Voluntarily providing the security data

It won't be possible to provide the security data voluntarily until after the date to be announced by Customs.

Providing the previous procedure

The new obligations relating to providing the previous procedure (circular THT 83/010/2009) (e.g. codes for consignment splits, if the previous procedure is the export procedure) will be postponed to a date to be announced later. As of 1 July 2009, it is possible, however, to provide the data as described in the THT.

ELEX export

The changes in export declaration (new codes) announced in several different circulars (the latest one being THT 92/010/2009) shall be provided, as described earlier, as of 1 July 2009. The following codes, however, will not be implemented until the new version of the export system, ELEX3, is taken into production use:

- code C (export declaration for simplified procedure),
- code F (export declaration for a simplified procedure, lodged in advance) and
- code Y (supplementary declaration to the C or F declaration).

All these codes are in code list 0023. Until ELEX3 is taken into use, the codes B, E and X shall still be used instead of the above-mentioned codes.

On the other hand, it won’t be compulsory to implement the new codes directly at the ELEX3 phase - ELEX3 will, for the time being, automatically convert the codes B, E and X into C, F or Y. If the codes haven’t yet been updated in the customer’s system, these new codes can be implemented in connection with the next code update. If the code update has already been made, taking effect 1 July 2009, the update must be cancelled and postponed to a date to be announced later.

All the other changes relating to customs declaration in message format will be implemented, as earlier announced, 1 July 2009. Postponing the implementation of ELEX3 will therefore not have any immediate effects on the implementation of the codes.

The postponement of the implementation of the new version of ELEX will not change the implementation of electronic export declaration over the Internet and special situations relating to it, described in the customer notices of 5 June and 18 June.


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