Our AGS development uses the latest Microsoft technologies and is designed specifically for AGS2 (Import) and AGS3 (Export). This is not just a reworking of the Sagitta system. This is a completely new, future-proof development. Uniquely, our software has been developed from the ground up.
Our approach has been to take the World Customs Organisation (WCO) data classes, of which AGS is just a subset, and design a complete system around them thus ensuring future proofing. It’s fully web compliant and available as a SaaS solution.
Our aim has always been to design a product which is all encompassing yet easy to pick up. Whether you want to interface your data through flat files or web services, manually input everything for one client or for many, use stored data or capture 100% of the transaction electronically, we offer not only a comprehensive solution but one that fits any operation.
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"We wanted a system that could easily integrate with Manhattan’s WMS. The Langdon solution did that and much more! Their Bonded Warehouse module has helped us make significant savings on our duty payments." Deborah Rulkens Bosch Security Systems
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The Aangifte Systeem (AGS) is the new National system for reporting the movement of goods into and out of the Netherlands. The current phases have replaced the Sagitta Import system and longer term will replace Sagitta Export and the GPA Customs reporting mechanism.
Anyone who has been involved in the import and export business for any amount of time will tell you that if your Customs declaration systems break down, your whole supply chain grinds to a halt. Obviously, this causes major problems. It's therefore absolutely essential that the reporting system blends speed with reliability.
The outgoing Customs reporting mechanisms are now 25 years old and, for some time now, Customs have been working on finding a complete replacement. AGS is the chosen solution to do this. The replacement of Sagitta Export with AGS3 is the next major step in the transition process.
As with any change to IT infrastructure, issues have occurred. The introduction of AGS has already been delayed several times due to unforeseen circumstances. However, Customs have every confidence that the end result will be a reporting system that will be every bit as successful as any of their previous implementations.
This was the first relatively easy step and it has already been successfully introduced. Implementation took place in 2012. The Union Customs Code (UCC) allows a full 90 day window for temporary storage regardless of transportation type. AGS1 allows importers to take full advantage of this new legislation.
AGS Import has replaced Customs Sagitta Import (DSI). This second phase has proved very challenging to implement, mainly due to the complex nature of the reporting together with the newness of the process to Customs and software providers.
Running parallel to the introduction of AGS2 was a new tariff system, Douane Tarief Voorziening (DTV). Once fully implemented you will be able to access the online tariff from within your own Langdon system. DTV can be used to download Harmonised System codes with associated information and duty rates or to prepare trial declarations.
AGS Export is being adopted to drive the national export declaration process in the Netherlands. This third phase is due to be implemented in 2016 and will create its own challenges. It also introduces significant changes to AGS Import including upgrading the reporting technology.
Where we saw an increase in the amount of companies submitting their own import declarations, we anticipate little change in the numbers of exporters making theirs. The minimal financial implications of the export declaration (when compared with imports) mean there are already a high proportion of exporters submitting their own export data.
With the current Sagitta system, all export declarations include the necessary elements for European Export Control System (ECS). Although this will continue to be the case, it is expected that, as with AGS Import, the introduction of AGS Export will simplify the process.
Potentially, AGS4 will be the largest implementation as it will cover all other customs declarations not included in the previous phases. It will replace the current Automated Periodic Declaration (GPA) submission and cover, among others, AGP (Excise), ENT (Warehouse) and AVT (AVS) declarations.
This is the fourth and final phase of the transition to AGS and it is anticipated that this will commence in 2017.
Its form is currently being debated between trade and Customs bodies as well as software providers to define how this will be structured and planned.
With our experience in delivering Customs solutions, Langdon Systems will be involved in the peer group for AGS4.
AGS is not merely an update of Sagitta. It is a completely new reporting system.
It will certainly have a significant impact on how you report to Customs. As such, if you currently use the Sagitta reporting system for your declarations, it will be necessary for you to replace or upgrade your current software package.
This presents you with a number of unique opportunities. You might want to review your on-going Customs reporting infrastructure, for instance.
What about your current software provider? Are they up to the job? Are the reasons you chose them in the first place still valid? Do you know what you are being charged for? Does your upgrade path include upgrades or extension of functionality that you neither want nor need?
There’s no getting away from it: AGS is here and everyone needs to replace their current systems to accommodate it.
You should review your current procedures. You may require a change of authorisation. There will be a change of data requirements so you need to have a re-think about your processes, consider the competency of your staff and arrange re-training if necessary.
Fortunately, help is at hand! One call to Langdon Systems and you will be able to benefit not only from our knowledge and experience of the reporting process, but also assistance in determining the software solution that you require.
We will be holding webinars and seminars and we provide regular updates to ensure you are kept up-to-date with all AGS related news. We are committed to our User Group having their say. We will be working closely with them in order to receive feedback that will enable us to have the necessary functionality to satisfy their and your requirements.
In any case, we will look at your current circumstances and advise you of the most advantageous Langdon Systems software package available based on your individual needs.
Not currently with Langdons? Let us tailor an upgrade path for you! Already with Langdons? Talk to us about developing an upgrade path when the time is right for you.
As a result of the implementation of the Union Customs Code (UCC) on 1st May 2016, Customs have introduced new regulations to cover bonded goods to be exported outside of the EU.
Whereas it was previously sufficient to simply submit an NCTS declaration for this, it’s now mandatory to send a re-export declaration prior to sending the NCTS message.
Failure to do this will result in the goods remaining within the bonded warehouse regime until Customs receive and acknowledge a DMSEOG/NLEC03 message from the end user.
In a nutshell, the need to declare the re-export will cause a change to your business processes. It may also mean a change to your software.
Contact us if you want to know more about re-export declarations and how they affect your business.