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Excise Movement Control System

What it is

EMCS (Excise Movement Control System) is a system created by the European Union to control movements between member States of products subject to special duties (alcohol and alcoholic beverages, tobacco and hydrocarbons).

As of 2011, it is mandatory throughout the EU for all economic operators sending or receiving this type of products, replacing the current administrative support document in paper format by an electronic message.

It involves the exchange of information not only between customer and supplier, but also with the customs authorities of different countries in line with the technical specifications of each Public Administration on special taxes.

How it works?

Excise Movement Control System

1 The consignor/shipper sends the support document electronically (e-DAA) to the special duties administration of their country.
2 The issuing state administration validates the message and returns the e-AAD to the consignor with a reference number (ARC) which must accompany the products (2.1).
3 This e-message with its reference number is sent to the administration of the country where the products are to be received (2.2), which in turn forwards it to the goods receiver (2.3).
4 The sender despatches the goods protected by the e-DAA.
5 Once the receiver has the goods, they send the receipt certificate to their own administration electronically. This certificate has compliance details, or a record of the incidents detected in the delivery.
6 The recipient country administration validates and returns the certificate (5.1). At the same time, it sends this validated certificate to the administration of the despatch country (5.2), which in turn forwards it to the sender of the goods (5.3).


Key Benefits

  • No paper involved
  • Enhanced information processing
  • Cutting down processing and storage costs
  • Fewer errors
  • Automation of operations
  • Quicker response times
  • Integration of procedures between all trading partners