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Excise Movement and Control System EMCS mandatory in six months

Only six months left before EMCS becomes mandatory
Tailored Solutions from AEB (International) Ltd

Following the launch of the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS) on 1 April 2010, companies trading tobacco, alcohol or oil products have only six months left until the scheme becomes mandatory in the UK. AEB (International) Ltd is offering registered consignors and operators of bonded warehouses four unique, user-friendly solutions to handle EMCS, each featuring a proven range of functions.

Designed to replace the current paper-based system, EMCS is a computerised structure for recording in real-time the movement of excise goods between EU member states, which have not yet been released for consumption and for which excise duties have yet to be paid. From 1 January 2011, EMCS will replace the paper document that currently must accompany such movements (the Administrative Accompanying Document, or AAD) with an electronic document (the e-AAD).

Each of AEB (International) Ltd’s solutions allows the user to discharge any e-AAD, regardless of the member state in which it was submitted. As a first step prior to the mandatory deadline, AEB will also enable EMCS submissions for the following member states: United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Other countries can also be linked to EMCS thanks to AEB’s established network of partners and project-driven development.

AEB (International) Ltd’s dedicated EMCS solutions are:

EMCS||XPRESS – an affordable online solution without any IT investment. Ideal for the quick discharge of e-AADs and the occasional submission of e-AADs.

EMCS||XPRESS plus – an online solution that connects to existing ERP systems and enables automation without any IT investment.

ASSIST4 – a practical extension of existing ASSIST4 installations to include all EMCS functionalities. Unique for its end-to-end process security and IT integration.

ATC :: EMCS – an affordable plug-and-play extension to handle EMCS directly within SAP.

For operators, EMCS creates an opportunity to optimise internal excise processes, save costs and increase shipping times, and to standardise and harmonise information flows between operators and customs authorities. This will simplify procedures and enable paperless administration and effective use of modern IT tools – an important evolution for those who trade in alcohol, tobacco or oil products.

EMCS applies to alcoholic beverages, manufactured tobacco products and energy products (motor fuels and heating fuels, such as petrol and gasoline, electricity, natural gas, coal and coke). It will affect mostly wholesalers who trade alcoholic drinks (with the exception of alcopops), such as breweries and wine merchants, tobacco growers, manufacturers of mineral oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). But it will also impact on companies in the food or pharmaceuticals industries who use alcohol in production and use the advantages of tax rebates.

Mark Brannan, General Manager of AEB (International) Ltd, said: "HM Revenue and Customs has delayed the introduction of EMCS in the UK until 1 January 2011, which gives companies another 5 months to implement an appropriate solution. AEB offers four user-friendly options that enable operators to take part and benefit from the new system."

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