When a shipment is listed in the Declaration for Temporary Storage (ATO in Dutch), an “obligation” to clear it is created in the customs systems.
The NCTS system of the Netherlands has a thrice daily delivery to the obligation system to report which B/Ls are stated in a transit declaration and to subsequently clear them.
This does not apply the other way around. When a B/L is removed from the ATO, the obligation (whether completed or not) will be removed from the commitment system. The transit system does not receive any notification of this.
If the transit declaration in question consequently needs to be closed or cancelled, the customer who has prepared this transit declaration must submit a cancellation request. This can be done digitally or via the Clearance office in Heerlen.
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