Revenue extends dual running of AIS and AEP declaration system

Dec 14, 2020

Revenue confirmed that the Automated Import System (AIS) and the Automated Entry Processing (AEP) declaration system for imports will run in parallel until 31 March 2021. Revenue’s decision to extend the dual running of the two systems beyond 15 December has arisen in recognition of the challenging environment for businesses both in terms of Brexit and COVID-19.

AIS is Revenue’s new customs declaration system, which reflects all the legal requirements of the EU Union Customs Code (UCC) and is designed to replace the Automated Entry Processing (AEP) declaration system for imports. It is used by some 130 customs agents and businesses. Customs import declaration filing volumes in AIS now exceed those being filed via AEP.

Revenue is encouraging all businesses to utilise the extension to complete their transition to AIS well ahead of the 31 March 2021 deadline.

Brexit is now just 20 days away. Businesses who move goods to, from or through the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) will be required to complete customs formalities from 1 January 2021.

Further information on the extension can be found in the Revenue press release.