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Customs message declarants, please note the following changes caused by a version change of the Customs systems on 27 March 2010

Customer notice 24.3.2010

For summary declaration system AREX message declarants

The new features are:

  • Possibility to submit unloading report (IE044), which is answered with an acceptance message for the unloading report (IE326) or a rejection message (IE316).

  • Possibility to submit arrival notification message (IE007), which is answered with an entry details data message (IE329) or a rejection message (IE316).

  • If a declaration submitted by a customer is invalidated, an invalidation message (IE398) is sent to the customer.

For export system ELEX 4.0 message declarants

The new features are:

  • A new EAD2 accompanying document will replace the current EAD accompanying document.

  • In connection with the approving, the ELEX system checks declarations submitted in advance again, if 24 hours or more has passed since the declaration was received.

  • In EAGF exports, the export refund application is sent to the customer when the declaration is approved.

The improved features are:

  • Specifications of controls performed by the ELEX system:

  • The declaration is rejected if the EDI sender does not use the Business ID extension code for export.

  • The ELEX system checks if the company is authorised to send ”Arrival at Exit” notifications to Customs, or if the company is exempted from sending it.

  • The automatic functionalities for invalidation have been improved. If the declarant has not received a decision on release with exit confirmation electronically, but needs a proof of exit, the exporter should note the following: The export is automatically invalidated if the export consignment has not left the EU within 150 days after the goods have been released for the procedure. The system does not send messages or decisions to EDI senders. Automatic invalidations are not sent if partial shipments or EAGF exports (export of export refund goods, export of intervention goods or exports due to export obligation) are concerned.

EAGF exports

  • An “FE Export refund application” printout is sent to EAGF exporters to show that Customs has received and accepted the electronic export refund application.

  • In EAGF exports, EDI senders use declaration M, also when using the fallback procedure.

  • The so called extra zeroes have been deleted from the section for Taric code and additional codes in the decision printouts for EAGF exports. The number shown is now for example 22029091 9000.

For transit system message declarants

  • The changes now made will not cause any need for changes in the customers’ systems.

  • The sections for principal’s character and ID in the transit system will be improved. This makes the supervision of mandatory submission of EORI numbers as of 1 April 2010 more efficient.

For import system message declarants  

  • EDI customers must enter the negation code XCA in the import customs declaration if the imported goods are subject to any of the restrictions applying to the following: cat or dog hair, greenhouse gas, instruments of torture or LIS fishery products.

  • If the customer does not enter the negation code XCA, ITU will automatically send an error message to the customer and ask the customer to provide the code.

Other things to note

The codes for nature of the transaction (code list 0034) will change. The new codes will be used for imports, exports and internal trade as of 1 April 2010; after this it is no longer allowed to use the old codes (THT 038/010/10).

The version change may cause delays in the message traffic

The introduction of the new version may cause a temporary increase in the number of faulty messages. This results in a greater number of declarations having to be processed manually, which temporarily may cause longer response times. Customers are kindly requested to be patient in the occurrence of delays.  The temporary inconvenience is caused by the version change.

Further information is provided by:

Persons in charge of procedures at the customs districts and the Electronic Customs Clearance Centre (