Customs transition from NCTS to DVA

28 February 2024 | Clearance NCTS Export Containers

From 2nd December 2024, something will change in the declaration process. From then on, you will no longer be able to use the New Computerised Transit System (NCTS), and you will use the Customs Transport Application (DVA). This letter is to inform you about the transition from NCTS to DVA, and what the consequences will be for you.

Why are we switching to DVA?

By switching to DVA, we will be working with a new application that complies with European legislation according to the Union Customs Code (DWU Annex B).

What remains the same?

Basically, the transit process does not change. All existing customs authorisations Authorised Consignor (TA) and Authorised Consignee (TG) remain valid.

What will change?

These are the main changes:

  • The message structure in DVA is different from that in NCTS.
  • A declaration has more layers in DVA.
  • DVA has more functionalities, such as 2 new workflows: ‘Office of incident’ and ‘Office of exit for transport’.

What is the schedule for the transition to DVA?

  • In December 2023, the Customs Support Centre for Software Developers published the final message specifications (or Message Implementation Guides, MIGs) for DVA.
  • In mid-March 2024, the test environment will be available to software developers.
  • From 1 July 2024, we will start replacing NCTS with DVA. From then on, companies can connect to DVA.
  • From 1 October 2024, all companies making digital customs declarations must be fully connected to DVA.
  • From 2 December, you will no longer be able to submit digital customs declarations via NCTS.

Good to know: a sounding board group with representatives from Customs, the business community and software developers is working together to make the transition from NCTS to DVA on time.

Do you have any questions?

For questions about the transition to DVA: we will keep you updated on the latest developments at Also follow us on our social media accounts to not miss a post about DVA.

For questions about your software: contact your software supplier. If you wish, you can also view the final message specifications for DVA yourself. To do so, visit the website of the Customs Support Centre for Software Developers via