Union Customs Code: Using SAP to Comply for the Oil and Gas Offshore Industry for UKCS

The Challenge


Since the introduction of the Union Customs Code (UCC) in May 2016 oil and gas operators and HMRC are trying to get to grips with how to manage a potential unwieldy workload of imports and exports for oil and gas facilities operated in the UK continental shelf.

The basic question is:

How the industry can continue with minimal interruption with importing, shipping and returning equipment between mainland UK and offshore.

Sticking point is that if freight forwarders and operators are not achieving the new Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Entry in Declarant Records (EIDR) statuses equipment can’t be loaded or shifted from the quayside and will result in delays for critical maintenance activities.


Main Requirements


So, to comply with the new rules, we have to be able to produce a number of reports out of SAP to prepare declarations in HMRC’s Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system

  • EIDR stage 1 reporting will require declaration of all exported and imported goods for shipments departing for and coming back from the offshore facilities.
  • EIDR stage 2 reporting is the summary reporting by commodity codes and
  • Further, goods discharged at export for end use offshore must be reported – enabled by track and trace for duty suspended items whilst located in mainland UK.


Solution Approach and Core Activities


The extension for the industry to become UCC compliant is quickly coming to an end and the organisational changes require time to imbed.  


View the solution approach and next steps you need to take now before it is too late. Click on the image below to view (or make an enquiry):


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