OpenTAS Mastered EMCS Certification

19 March 2010

EMCS Directly Integrated into Loading and Shipment Processes

EMCS-certified-en.jpgOpenTAS is now certified for the EMCS process. The German customs authorities tested the administration, dispatch and automation system extensively, and authorized the certification. The authorization is not just valid for the oil and gas processes, but also for all excisable goods, for example alcohol and cigarettes.

The Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) will be launched in Germany on April 1, 2010. From this point on, customs clearance for transporting mineral oil products across borders will be handled electronically. The EU-wide introduction of EMCS will affect the movement of excise goods, including mineral oil products, between member states. EMCS will make it possible for companies and customs authorities to monitor the movement of goods in real time.

EMCS will be introduced gradually to replace paper-based procedures and accompanying administrative documents (AAD) for international shipments. With EMCS, authorization for cross-border mineral oil shipments will be applied for electronically – after loading but before the shipment leaves the tank farm. Within a couple of minutes, the electronic accompanying administrative document (e-AAD), including the reference code, will be returned to the consignor, thus authorizing the transport. In Germany, consignments will be registered via a customs web portal or with certified software like OpenTAS.

With the successful certification Implico can provide its customers with a software update which includes the EMCS functionality in time for the launch of EMCS. All of the activities necessary for EMCS are integrated into OpenTAS, where they will run automatically in the background. Tank farms and refineries will benefit from the seamless integration of EMCS in their loading and shipment processes.