NCTS Phase 5 Postponed – What’s Next?

Digicom - NCTS Update October 2023

The New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) is an online platform that allows UK traders to electronically declare and monitor shipments when transporting goods between the UK, EU, and other countries that are signatories to the Common Transit Convention. The NCTS facilitates smooth cross-border trade for British businesses.

Implementation of NCTS Phase 5 Delayed

The original go-live date for the new NCTS5 system was scheduled for 16 November 2023. However, after receiving extensive feedback from industry stakeholders requesting more adequate time to prepare, HMRC has decided to postpone the NCTS5 implementation until 01 July 2024.

This extended transition period provides traders additional time to get ready for the new system. During this period, users should continue utilising the current NCTS platform until the new system is fully implemented in 2024. HMRC will provide ongoing updates as the launch of NCTS5 approaches.

NCTS5: A Glimpse of Key Dates and Features

01 July 2024: UK NCTS5 Service Go-Live

01 July 2024 to 15 July 2024: UK Cutover from NCTS4 to NCTS5

21 January 2025: NCTS5 Transition Period Ends

What is NCTS5?

NCTS5 will provide enhanced functionality to improve the overall user experience. Key features include:

  • Ability to Amend Pre-Lodged Declarations – This avoids having to completely cancel and resubmit declarations when changes are needed.
  • Digital Transit Accompanying Document – Removes the need to physically carry paper documents accompanying shipments.

These upgrades aim to streamline cross-border trade, making it simpler and more efficient for NCTS users. With the additional transition time, traders can ensure they are ready to fully utilise these benefits when NCTS5 launches in 2024.

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