Netherlands, are you ready
for the transition
from AGS to DMS?

November 2, 2022

Given the fast-approaching customs changes in the Netherlands, our team of experts will guide you in managing this transition. With our DMS Checklist below, you will find all you need to know for the migration from AGS to DMS.

What will change?

  • The GPA for Entrepot goods may no longer be used from 1 January 2023. Do you use this? Then you will also make the transition to DMS. 
  • The GPA for excise duties, the AGP and the GPA for the inventory overview will remain in place for the time being. Customs is currently preparing a new draft for the stock overview and the implementation of this is not yet known. 
  • Transition from GPA warehouse to DMS will take place from July 2022 to December 2022.

Why the change to DMS?

Dutch Customs is developing a new declaration system, DMS 4.0, which will replace the existing AGS declaration system. This is being done to comply with the Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP) and the accompanying Union Customs Code (UCC) legal requirements.


This change will require technology-driven processes that can cope with the new, highly automated, real-time declarations and will be accompanied with a release of DMS 4.1, which will replace the GPA and SPA processes. C4T is aligned with Dutch Customs to ensure CAS is fully integrated with DMS by the time it will launch.

Prepare for the transition

These 5 steps will help you prepare for DMS.

If your business has not already done so, register with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce

A copy of the application form EMR has to be sent to the Dutch customs authorities

Authorizations might need to be adjusted and renewed for DMS 4.0 and 4.1.
If this will not be done, the current set up might not be valid anymore and that could lead to delays in transitioning.

Make sure you know what data needs to be send to the customs authorities when transitioning from AGS to DMS 4.0 and 4.1, and that you are able to do so by the transition deadline. With data requirements, we mean the data that customs needs to validate your declaration.
Note that the data requirements are way more extensive in DMS, compared to the current processes and requirements in AGS or via GPA/SPA.

Choose what types of declarations you want to use and while doing this, asses how you can optimize your declaration flows and processes.
Will you lodge a standard declaration or use Entry in the Declarant Records (EIDR)?

Our team of experts in Maurice Ward Netherlands are here to ease your journey. Contact them in case of any questions.

Download Dutch version of the guideline
by clicking here.

Migration from AGS to DMS
Migration from AGS to DMS

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