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Traders urged to enrol early in new online excise tracking

Published:  24 November, 2010

Excise tracking is moving online from January 1 2011 in an effort to cut fraud ? and traders are being urged to enrol early.

Traders of duty-suspended excise goods need to switch from paper to the new online Excise Movement and Control System.

The paper system for recording the movement of excise goods will end on December 31 2010 for most movements of duty suspended excise goods from UK excise warehouses and production premises, after which traders must use the online system.

Kerrie Spendiff, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) deputy director excise and customs, policy and processes, said: "The new system will improve the efficiency of document processing and control of the movement of excise duty suspension goods throughout the European Union and in the UK. EMCS will reduce the scope for excise fraud as it will allow Member States, traders and HMRC to monitor movements online in real time.

"The important thing is that excise traders enrol early to avoid delays and so that everything is in place as soon as possible. I urge businesses that have not yet registered and enrolled for EMCS to do so now."

To use the new system, traders must register online at HMRC. After they have registered successfully, HMRC will provide a user ID and activation PIN code. Traders must then activate EMCS within 28 days.

Using EMCS will be compulsory for all movements of duty suspended excise goods in the European Union and in the UK - except for intra-UK movements of energy products and certain intra-UK movements of alcohol and tobacco.

From December 20, traders can try out dispatching goods on EMCS (for intra UK and some other Member States) but they must continue to use the paper system until 31 December.

Businesses can access the system using the free HMRC online service or by using their own commercial software.