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OMV Sites in Germany Ready for EMCS 2.0

Published 14 September 2012 | By Implico

The transitional period for EMCS 1.0 ends on 30 September 2012 / Implico converts its German OpenTAS customers to the new EMCS release.

The next stage of EMCS (Excise Movement and Control System) enters into force on 1 October 2012 when the new EMCS Version 2.0 becomes a requirement for all companies sending or receiving duty-suspended excisable goods. OMV Deutschland GmbH is already working with the new version of the electronic movement and control system. The company continues to rely on the EMCS functionality built into Implico's OpenTAS terminal management and terminal automation system. The German customs authorities have in fact certified OpenTAS for EMCS 2.0 twice, both in Version 4.6 and in Version 5.0.

The EMCS electronic movement and control procedure has been mandatory since January 2011 for all cross-border shipments of excisable goods under suspension of excise duty within the EU. It affects most of the products of the oil and gas industry. Since the beginning of 2012, transporting these goods within Germany has been possible only if the EMCS electronic system is used. German customs also approved the use of the new EMCS Version 2.0. at the same time.

The main changes from version 1.0 concern operations such as splitting movements of energy products, warning/rejection before receipt, explanation of shortfall/excess quantities, and conveyance cancellation. During the transition period, which extends until the end of September, either the EMCS 1.0 standard or the EMCS 2.0 standard may be used for electronic communications with the German customs. From October, communication will be possible only using the EMCS 2.0 standard.

OpenTAS certified for EMCS 2.0

Starting and completing EMCS-related shipments in Germany is handled via a customs web portal - or with certified software like OpenTAS. Compared to web-based solutions, however, integrated packages such as OpenTAS offer immense advantages. The automated transfer of loading data to the customs authorities (via a certified interface) considerably improves data security while also increasing efficiency by making 24-hour operation possible. Nor do any new, manual work processes need to be introduced for shipping offices. Finally, an all-in-one system is also considerably cheaper to run. Implico has also had OpenTAS certified for EMCS 2.0 in both the current Version 5.0 and the previous Version 4.6.

Customers who have not yet changed to OpenTAS 5.0 can therefore continue to benefit from the EMCS processes integrated in OpenTAS by simply obtaining a software add-on.

Changeover to EMCS 2.0

When OMV Deutschland GmbH decided to switch to the latest EMCS version, specialists from Implico swiftly converted the refinery in Burghausen and the Feldkirchen tank terminal to EMCS 2.0. Normal operations were unaffected during the changeover, as the new EMCS version runs completely independently of the previous version 1.0. Implico is currently converting the processes of other OpenTAS customers in Germany - including Total, Vopak and Tanklager Simon - to EMCS 2.0.