The Dutch Customs Administration announces replacement of AGS/G(S)PA by 2022

News | Customs Filing 4 October 2021

The current AGS/G(S)PA systems will be replaced by DMS as announced by the Customs Administration of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands aims to introduce the new customs system DMS (Douaneaangiften Management Systeem), in order to bring the Dutch customs systems in line with the Union Customs Code (UCC) that defines the legal framework for customs rules and procedures in the EU. The Union Customs Code (UCC) states that all of the declaration data must be exchanged electronically according to Annex B of the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446.

Therefore, a new version of the declaration system AGS (Aangiftesysteem) will be developed for this purpose. In the future, the new system DMS shall fully replace the current declaration systems. This means that the current AGS dataset will be replaced by a new dataset (DMS 4.0). Anyone lodging customs declarations will be faced with a change of the datasets irrespective of which procedure is being used.

Also, companies using G(S)PA (Geautomatiseerde Periodieke Aangifte/Schriftelijke Periodieke Aangifte) will have to switch to DMS.


The Dutch Customs Administration is unable to offer information about the exact date companies and customs will be able to use DMS. However, they present an estimated time frame for the shift:

  • It is planned that the new system DMS 4.0 will replace AGS early in 2022.
  • G(S)PA will be covered by DMS 4.1 and the inspections component by the stock audit file what is expected to take place in July 2022.

We will keep our customers posted about the final schedule.

What changes are expected?

For companies using AGS this means that they will be required to create customs declarations through DMS 4.0 in the future. All businesses will need to adapt their system to the changed UCC compliant data set of DMS 4.0.

When filing with G(S)PA and holding an EIDR (Entry Into Declarant’s Records) authorization for storage in a customs warehouse, inward processing, or temporary import, companies will need to file declarations using DMS 4.1.

The Dutch Customs Administration presents two ways for making declarations in the future:

  • Standard procedure: Normal procedure and simplified declaration (referred to in practice as “the incomplete declaration” (DMS 4.0)
  • Entry Into Declarant’s Records (EIDR) (DMS 4.1)

Customers using the current systems need to be aware of this shift. MIC is working on the developments and will guide you through the transition to DMS by providing the perfect software solution for the Netherlands. MIC will deliver the necessary changes in accordance with the authority’s timeline. Prepare for the switch from AGS/G(S)PA to DMS and choose the best option for Customs & Trade Compliance.

Find more information about the shift from AGS/G(S)PA to DMS on the Dutch Customs Administration’s website:

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