The new version 4.1 of EMCS will go live on Feb. 13, 2024. There is no deployment window or transition phase, so the new phase 4.1 will go live on that day.

In the following paragraphs, we will explain the main changes related to this upgrade. The main differences between EMCS Phase 4.0 and 4.1 relate to data exchange between European Union member states.

Phase 4.1 introduced a new feature known as "End of Movement Local Control," which allows Member States to perform local controls on the movement of excise goods. In addition, the data exchange format has been updated to support new types of data elements and enhanced security features. Overall, these changes are intended to improve the security and efficiency of the excise movement control system.

Furthermore, a new data element is introduced: 'Independant small producers declaration'. This is added at the article level. For alcoholic beverages produced by independent small producers with self-certification, the annual production quantity shall be provided in accordance with Article 5(3) of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2266 if it intends to claim a reduced rate of excise duty in the Member State of destination. The value of this data element must be greater than zero.

A new message is also created: IE836. This message is sent to the sender to notify the invalidation of the submitted export declaration when the Belgian EMCS application receives an invalidation message from the export declaration application. This message is used in the EMCS export related use case UCII. II.2.8. If the export declaration is finally invalidated, the MSA changes the status of the affected e-ADs for shipment/export to accepted and produces and sends back to the sender a notification of invalidated export declaration (IE836:C_INV_DIS); this message is common to all affected e-ADs. In addition, there are some underlying changes to existing messages IE829 (Notification of accepted export) and IE839 (Customs Rejection of E-AD).

Stream Software provides a timely upgrade for all users to ensure compliancy within EMCS after the regulatory upgrade to EMCS P4.1.

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