The TIS for NCTS 3.2 is now available for download from the HMRC website. Go to NCTS Technical Information to download the main body of the document and the separate Appendices. Those users who communicate with NCTS via our EDIFACT route will need to make some changes to their systems prior to the implementation of NCTS 3.2 in September 2005. Software suppliers have already been advised of this change.
The European Commission proposal to make use of NCTS compulsory from 1 July is well on the way to completing the necessary processes for new legislation. From that date paper declarations will not be accepted except where goods are transported by travellers and where it is agreed that fallback arrangements apply. CT operators who have not yet moved over to NCTS are urged to do so without delay.
The Minimal Common Core (MCC) provides Customs at the office of departure with the ability to amend certain fields of a transit declaration on NCTS. However, it is UK policy not to apply this approach.
In these circumstances, ie where an IE 055 message is generated by the NCTS stating ‘Guarantee not valid’ and also when the transit declaration requires amendment by the office of departure prior to processing in the ‘Accepted’ state within NCTS, please note that you will need to submit a cancellation request and input a new declaration with a new Local Reference Number (LRN). Any request for cancellation should also make reference to the subsequent LRN or Movement Reference Number (MRN). This procedure will apply to traders using both the ‘normal’ and ‘simplified’ procedures on NCTS.
A footnote will be placed in the Technical Interface Specification (TIS) to reflect the appropriate action to be taken when a transit declaration fails validation/requires amendment prior to processing.
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