Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Questions (90, 91)

James Lawless

Question:

90. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Finance if he will review the current operational difficulties for users of Revenue's automated import system, AIS, and to extend the period beyond the 15 December 2020 deadline that the Revenue Commissioners have agreed to permit a dual running for processing imports with the existing automated entry processing system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43678/20]

View answer

James Lawless

Question:

91. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Finance if the current operational difficulties will be reviewed for users of the automated import system; if he will extend the deadline of 15 December 2020 as agreed by the Revenue Commissioners to permit a dual running for processing imports with the existing automated entry processing system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43697/20]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 91 together.

I am advised by Revenue that its new customs import declaration system, the Automated Import System (AIS), was launched on 23 November 2020. AIS is the first of a suite of new Customs related IT systems that are being implemented by Revenue over the next number of years to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the EU Union Customs Code (UCC).

Revenue has confirmed to me that the AIS system is fully operational. The majority of businesses and agents who currently submit Customs import declarations to Revenue, in particular the larger businesses, have successfully submitted declarations in AIS and a steadily increasing volume of import declarations are being processed in the new system.

While the system is fully functional, I am advised by Revenue that it is aware that a small number of businesses have experienced operational difficulties with their software and have not yet made the transition to AIS. To assist those businesses complete their transition to the new system and recognising the additional challenge that they face from Brexit, I am advised by Revenue that it announced on Friday 11 December that both AIS and the existing customs system (Automated Entry Processing - AEP) through which import declarations are made will run in parallel until 31 March 2021. Revenue encourages businesses to complete their transition to AIS well ahead of the deadline to ensure that they are fully operational in AIS when the parallel running ceases on the 31 March 2021.