HMRC have just received notice from the EU Commission of the late release of the NCTS code (Version 7.1.1) (Safety and Security, improved enquiry handling and technical AIX upgrade). In order to pass EU conformance testing, the UK will have to implement this version which will mainly fix errors found in version 7.1.0. We still intend that Version 7.1 of NCTS will be implemented on 24 June.
The UK does not want to reduce the time available for the trade to test their software so Trader Test was released on the 6 April 2009. HMRC are working hard to identify errors, but the short notice does not provide us with sufficient time to test the software as thoroughly as we would wish. To assist us in ensuring that as many faults and anomalies as possible are identified, we would appreciate your assistance by communicating any problems or errors you find. Please report any inconsistencies you identify to the Trader Test Team.
Traders are reminded that when the SAD is used under fallback, copy 5 must show the address of the CCTO for return of the document. Traders who print the form privately or who print the SAD on plain paper must ensure that the address appears in the correct position. The address appears above box 33 and must read:
The European Commission on 20 March adopted a proposal for a Council Decision to extend the scope of application of the 1990 customs agreement between the EU and Switzerland in order to bring it in line with the new EC security measures on goods transport.
The proposed agreement will waive the obligation for traders to provide customs with advance electronic information for security purposes in the bilateral trade between Switzerland and the EU. Meanwhile, in trade with third countries, Switzerland will implement customs security measures equivalent to those in the EU. This will ensure both smooth trade flows between Switzerland and the EU and a high level of security in the supply chain.
The proposal needs to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers and by the Swiss Federal Council before signature, which is expected by 1 July 2009. For further information see the press release IP/09/449 and the proposal COM/2009/131
In Newsletter 01 of 2009 we advised that the Government of San Marino were preparing to connect their National Transit Application (NTA) to NCTS. We can now confirm that the conformance testing has been completed and that NCTS operations for San Marino went live on 6 April 2009.
UK Transit Co-ordinator
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